Ernest Albee


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Ernest Albee, the son of Solon and Ellen (Eames) Albee, was born on 8 August 1865 in Langdon, New Hampshire. Albee attended the University of Vermont, where he graduated with his BA in 1887. His initial interest was in psychology, leading him to pursue graduate studies at Clark University in 1891. However, his interests soon turned to philosophy; he obtained a fellowship from Cornell University, where he earned his PhD in philosophy in 1894. His doctoral dissertation was titled “The Beginnings of English Utilitarianism” and involved a study of the eighteenth-century origins of utilitarian moral theory. In 1892 Albee was appointed to the faculty at the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell, where he remained for thirty-five years until his death in 1927. He was instructor of philosophy from 1892 to 1902, assistant professor from 1902 to 1907, and a full professor beginning in 1907. He served twice as editor of the Philosophical Review, from 1903 to 1909, and again from 1924 to 1927. Albee died on 26 May 1927 in Ithaca, New York.


From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.