Thomas Brown

(1778—1820) philosopher and poet

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Thomas Brown was born in Kirkmabreck, Kirkcudbrightshire on 9 January 1778 and died in London on 2 April 1820. He entered the University of Edinburgh in 1792, and began his studies by taking James Finlayson's course in logic. In the summer vacation of 1793 he read the first volume of Dugald Stewart's Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Mind, and the following winter he attended Stewart's lectures. This was the beginning of a relationship that lasted for the rest of Brown's life. In 1796 Brown started studying law, with the intention of becoming a barrister, but after a year decided that he did not have the energy required of a lawyer. In 1798 he turned to medicine, and he defended a thesis on sleep in 1803. A few months later he published the first of several volumes of poetry.


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