During the reception, Phil reflected on his career and upcoming retirement:
“Being a professional philosopher involves a life of learning: of keeping up with developments in one’s field, understanding and evaluating them, of pursuing issues that arise. This isn’t easily done by oneself. Interacting with one’s colleagues and other philosophers plays an important role.”
And by ‘other philosophers’ Phil includes students; having supervised many honours tutorials and graduate MA projects, Phil considers working with them an integral part of his intellectual growth, a two-way street, for which he is grateful.
“Looking back on students I had the pleasure and honor of supervising and learning from over these 40 years, that is what I suspect I will miss the most in retirement.”