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Ebenezer Macfait

(1716—1786) writer


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Ebenezer MacFait was born in Scotland and died at Alva in Scotland on 25 November 1786. He practised medicine in Edinburgh. In 1748 he gave extramural lectures at Edinburgh on ancient and modern geometry. He may also have offered extramural lectures on other subjects at other times. His most philosophical work is a study of Plato, Remarks on the Life and Writings of Plato, published anonymously in 1760. The first part of this work consists of translations of Plato's autobiographical letters. The second part is a defence of Plato against the criticisms of Lord Bolingbroke. The third part consists of expositions of Plato's dialogues, with pride of place given to the Republic and Laws. As a study of Plato's philosophical works it is far inferior to that of Floyer Sydenham.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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