Harold Henry Joachim

(1868—1938) philosopher

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Harold Henry Joachim was born in London on 28 May 1868 and died in Croyde in Devon on 30 July 1938. The son of a wool merchant who as a boy had come to England from Hungary, he was educated at Harrow, and then at Balliol College, Oxford (where he was a pupil of R.L. Nettleship). Elected in 1890 to a prize fellowship at Merton, from 1892 he was a lecturer in philosophy at St Andrews (where he served as assistant to William Knight), returning in 1894 to Oxford, first as a lecturer at Balliol College (where he worked as a colleague to J.A. Smith, and under the mastership of Edward Caird) and then in 1897 as fellow and tutor at Merton College (where he succeeded William Wallace and was a colleague of F.H. Bradley). In 1907 he married his first cousin, daughter of the famous violinist, Joseph Joachim, with whom he had three children. Joachim was himself an accomplished musician and it is interesting to see how, where other philosophers illustrated their work with visual examples, it came naturally to him to use musical ones. For two years, from 1917, he was occupied with war work in London. In 1919 he was elected Wykeham Professor of Logic at New College, where he succeeded the realist John Cook Wilson, a post he held until his retirement in 1935.


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