Thomas Case

(1844—1925) philosopher and college head

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Thomas Case was born in Liverpool on 14 July 1844 and died in Falmouth on 31 October 1925. He was educated at Rugby School and came up to Balliol College, Oxford as a commoner in 1863. In 1869 he was elected fellow of Brasenose, where he remained until 1876. From 1883 to 1889 he was lecturer in Greek history at Christ Church; his first published work was Materials for the History of Athenian Democracy from Solon to Pericles (1874). In 1889 he was elected to the Waynflete Chair of Moral and Metaphysical Philosophy at Magdalen, where he remained until 1910. In 1904 he was elected President of Corpus Christi, while allowed to remain fellow of Magdalen. Case often intervened in public affairs, writing numerous letters to The Times, which were posthumously collected (1827), and many privately circulated pamphlets. Within his own university, he opposed in particular the admission and conferring of degrees to women and the relaxation of ‘Compulsory Greek’ for science students.


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