LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences Mourns the Passing of Associate Professor Ian Crystal

11/21/2012 11:25 AM

BATON ROUGE – Ian Crystal, associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Crystal was known for his work on self-intellection in Greek thought from Parmenides through Plotinus, as well as his editorial work on the “Ancient Commentators on Aristotle” series. He joined the LSU faculty in 1996, after receiving his Ph.D. from King’s College, London that same year. Crystal’s primary research interests included ancient philosophy, particularly, Plato, Aristotle and the later Greek tradition (200-600 A.D.). His publications included a book on the origins of self-intellection in ancient Greek thought. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services are being held from Paperman & Sons, 3888 Jean Talon St. W. in Montreal, on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. Donations can be made to the “Dr. Ian Crystal Ancient Philosophy Scholarship Fund at Louisiana State University,” care of the law firm of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C., 546 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, La., 70130-3588.

A full obituary appears at

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012