Samuel Alexander

(1859—1938) philosopher

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Australian philosopher who studied philosophy at Oxford and experimental psychology at Freiburg. He was professor of philosophy at Manchester from 1893 to 1924. His main philosophical work was the two-volume Space, Time, and Deity (1920). Although a realist who held that we had knowledge of a mind-independent world, Alexander nevertheless held an evolutionary picture of the world as moving towards an unrealized ideal or deity, a view more typical of the rival absolute idealism.

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