Academic and teacher of philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. He was influenced by Hegel and Nietzsche.
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 where he obtained his Bachelor's in microbiology.
He was also a published songwriter.
He was married to his wife Kathleen Higgins until his death.
He taught at the University of Texas, Austin, for numerous years where screenwriter Kim Henkel once attended.