On Monday 18 September, Principal Sally Mapstone announced the death of Professor Nick Rengger, who passed away over the weekend.
The cause of death was not noted, though funeral arrangements are expected to be announced soon by the University of St Andrews Chaplaincy.
Professor Rengger worked in a variety of fields, including Political Theory and International Relations as well as History, Theology, Philosophy, Politics, and Human Sciences. He was described as a “respected academic” and “impressive polymath” by the Principal.
Additionally, the Principal stated in her University-wide email, “[Professor Rengger] embodied the values he encouraged our students to embrace, the multifarious things a university education offers us. He encouraged his students and his colleagues to think beyond their comfort zone, believing that a university is a place for conversations about things we hold dear and where we can disagree with civility.”
Raised in Worthing, Sussex, Professor Renegger studied politics and completed his PhD at Durham University. His PhD was titled “Reason, Scepticism and Politics: Theory and Practice in the Enlightenment’s Politics.”
Before St Andrews, where he worked as a Reader and later Professor, he also worked at Strathclyde, Leicester, Aberystwyth, and Bristol. Professor Rengger had worked at the University of St Andrews since 1996.
Within the University, he served as Head of the School of International Relations, among other positions in the School and University.
Along with his work at the University, he also held visiting appointments at Oxford, the London School of Economics, and the University of Southern California. He served as a Global Ethics Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs in New York from 2011 to 2014.
He valued the work of political philosopher Michael Oakeshott, who, as the Principal said, “described human life as a conversation, one that stretches from the far past to the present day and which takes place both within ourselves and in public.”
She added, “While we may struggle to accept his loss, Nick’s incredibly diverse scholarship will keep him very much alive in that ongoing conversation.”
Professor Rengger is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and his daughters, Corinna and Natalie.