Dorothy Mary Emmet

(1904—2000) philosopher

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Dorothy Mary Emmet was born in London on 29 September 1904 and died in Cambridge on 20 September 2000. She was educated by her father, the Revd Cyril William Emmet, and a governess until her teens, when she went to St Mary's Hall, Brighton. In 1923 she went up to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford to read classics and philosophy. After the general strike of 1926 she taught Plato's Republic to unemployed Welsh miners. She won a Commonwealth Fellowship at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts that allowed her to study with A.N. Whitehead in 1928. Upon returning to England, she was research fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. She was then appointed lecturer in philosophy at King's College, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1932, and then moved to Manchester University in 1938, where she became the Sir Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Department of Philosophy. When she retired in 1966, she went to live in Cambridge with a group called the ‘Epiphany Philosophers’ involved with the creation of the journal, Theoria to Theory. Emmet was fellow emeritus of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge and honorary fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and received honorary degrees from the University of Glasgow, the University of Leicester and the Open University.


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