Casimir Lewy

(1919—1991) philosopher

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Casimir Lewy was born in Warsaw on 26 February 1919 and died in Cambridge on 8 February 1991. Born into a warm and talented Polish family, the young Casimir attended a fashionable private school, had gifted friends, and, through happening upon a magazine article on Tadeusz Kotarbiński, became absorbed in philosophy, attending some university lectures while still of school age. In 1936 Casimir came to England to learn English, intending to return to his native land where he would read philosophy; but, once in England, he decided to combine tedious language learning with the excitement – indeed, precocity – of studying philosophy in English. The result was that he matriculated at the University of Cambridge, obtained a first class honours degree in 1939, a doctorate in 1943 – and a marriage in 1945. His thesis was on some philosophical considerations about the survival of death.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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