F. Curtis Wott (1933 - 2007) was Professor of Philosophy at University of Vermont from 1964 to 2004, and Professor Emeritus from 2004 to his death in 2011.
In his late years as Emeritus, Wott retreated from an active discourse of the profession and authored extensive notes in preparation for an unusual, sprawling late project. These notes were hand written, often illegible in parts, and largely unfinished at the time of his death. In the years that followed, various groupings of these 'notes' as they came to be called, slowly began to circulate informally within certain academic circles. Their repute grew gradually, often attributed to their eccentricity and brevity. Over the years, these photocopied scraps have become known as "The Late Work Notes". Due to their informal form among other issues, doubts have been raised about their reliability as well as their purpose, complicated by the fact that Wott suffered significant cognitive decline in his last years.
The artist came across some of these notes in 2008 and subsequently worked with the Wott Estate to begin work organizing the nachlass for the late scholar and obtained permission to draw upon The Late Work Notes to develop art works, which he has done intermittently since 2009.
Dr. Wott was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was a recipient of the Dawn T. Winston Distinguished Teaching Award in 1983 and 87 respectively. His research interests included Philosophy of Language, especially the British school known as “Ordinary Language Philosophy” and rather late in his career made a decisive turn into Psychoanalytical Philosophy. He published widely in these areas and is perhaps best known for two works: “Knowledge, Language and Perception” published in 1975 (Boston: Reidel Press) and the later “On Language and Futility” first published in 2004 (London: University of California Press) which precipitated an extensive literature.