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Richard Wollheim (1923–2003) was born in London and educated at Balliol College, Oxford. He fought in France and Germany during World War II and taught philosophy at numerous colleges, including the University of California, Berkeley, from 1985 until his death in 2003. He was best known for his philosophical work on art and psychoanalysis, and he served as the president of the British Society of Aesthetics. He wrote and edited more than a dozen books, including On the Emotions, The Mind and Its Depths, On Art and the Mind, and Painting as an Art.