Reinhold Friedrich Alfred Hoernlé

(1880—1943) philosopher and social reformer in South Africa

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Reinhold Friedrich Alfred Hoernlé was born in Bonn on 27 November 1880 and died in Johannesburg on 21 July 1943. A British subject by birth, Hoernlé was the son of the Indologist A.F.R. Hoernlé (1841–1918) and grandson of one of the early missionaries in India under auspices of the London Missionary Society, C. T. Hoernlé. Hoernlé spent his early years in India, attended elementary and secondary school in Germany, and proceeded to Balliol College, Oxford in 1899, to prepare for a career in the Indian Civil Service. Through the influence of his tutor, J.A. Smith, and Edward Caird, Hoernlé turned to philosophy. He received a second class in Classical Moderations (1901), but first class honours in literae humaniores (1903) (BA, 1903; MA, 1907), winning the Locke Scholarship in Mental and Moral Philosophy in 1903. In 1904 Hoernlé was elected to a Senior Demyship at Magdalen College conditional on undertaking a BSc (which he completed with a thesis on ‘Modern Theories of the Will’ in 1907), but in late 1905 he moved to St Andrews to serve as assistant to the Professor of Moral Philosophy, Bernard Bosanquet.


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