Robert Pinck

(c. 1573—1647) college head

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Robert Pincke was born at Winslade Hampshire and died, presumably in Oxford, on 3 November 1647. He was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford, graduating BA in 1598, MA in 1602, BM in 1612 and DD in 1619. He was a Fellow of the College from 1596 and Warden from 1617 until his death, and was Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1634 to 1636, showing himself a close ally of William Laud, a position that later got him into trouble with Parliament, who kept him under arrest for a while. He seems to have practised medicine and was rector of Stanton St John, near Oxford. Apart from two pamphlets written in his capacity as Vice-Chancellor, his only work is Quaestiones selectiores in logica, ethica, physica, & metaphysica (1680), edited from his manuscripts by John Lamphire, Principal of Hart Hall, and published as a guide to questions disputed in the schools. The range of reference is exclusively scholastic, with Suarez the most recent author cited. Its significance lies in the fact that this material was seen as a good guide to potential disputants as late as 1680.

From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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