William Leonard Courtney was born in Poona in India on 5 January 1850 and died in London on 1 November 1928. Educated at University College, Oxford, he became a Fellow of Merton College (1872–5) and of New College (1876–90). He was Headmaster of his old school, Somersetshire College, Bath (1873–6), and for the next thirty-eight years worked on Fleet Street as literary editor of the Daily Telegraph and editor of the Fortnightly Review. He published widely on literary themes, edited selections from the writings of William Law (1907), wrote a brief pamphlet on Socialism (1886), published two lectures on The Reality of God (1893) and a collection of Studies in Philosophy Ancient and Modern (1882). In Constructive Ethics (1886) he offered A Review of Modern Moral Philosophy in its Three Stages of Interpretation, Criticism, and Reconstruction. He maintained a special interest in Mill, as witness The Metaphysics of John Stuart Mill (1879), The Life of John Stuart Mill (1889) and his 1901 Introduction to Mill's On Liberty.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.