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Lizzie Susan Stebbing

(1885—1943) philosopher


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Lizzie Susan Stebbing was born in Wimbledon on 2 December 1885 and died in London on 11 September 1943. She was the youngest of six children. Her father, the barrister Alfred Charles Stebbing, died when she was two and her mother, Elizabeth, daughter of William Elstob, died when she was sixteen. Of delicate health, she was educated privately until she went to Girton College, Cambridge, where she read history (recommended as less strenuous than classics, which is what she had wanted to read). She took Pt I of the Tripos in 1906, Pt II in 1907, and then stayed on to take Pt I of the Moral Sciences Tripos in 1908. According to John Wisdom (1943), it was reading Bradley's Appearance and Reality that converted her to philosophy, and she was tutored by W.E. Johnson. From 1911 until 1924 she taught and was subsequently Director in Moral Sciences Studies at Girton and Newnham Colleges (and research fellow at Girton during 1923–4).

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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