George Elder Davie was born in Dundee on 18 March 1912 and was educated at Dundee High School and the University of Edinburgh. He graduated in 1935 with first class honours in classics and was appointed assistant to his teacher, Norman Kemp Smith, in the Department of Metaphysics. He remained in the post until wartime army service. On demob in 1945 he was appointed lecturer in logic and metaphysics at Queen's University, Belfast. In 1953 he was awarded the degree of DLitt by Edinburgh for his thesis The Scotch Metaphysics. He returned to Edinburgh as senior lecturer in metaphysics in 1959. He retired in 1992 as reader emeritus in philosophy. A graduand honoris causa of the universities of Dundee and Edinburgh, he was appointed honorary editor of the Journal of Scottish Philosophy on its foundation. He has been awarded the Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun Medal for services to Scotland.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.