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John Veitch

(1829—1894) philosopher


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John Veitch was born in Peebles on 29 October 1829 and died there on 3 September 1894. Entering the University of Edinburgh in 1845 (at the age of sixteen), Veitch completed his studies in the spring of 1850. While attending Edinburgh, Veitch was greatly influenced by several of his professors. A. Campbell Fraser, though something of a philosophical influence, would become his lifelong friend. The Chair of Moral Philosophy at the time, John Wilson (‘Christopher North’), helped mould Veitch's views on the relation between literature and philosophy. And Sir William Hamilton – Chair of Logic and Metaphysics – provided Veitch with the philosophical outlook he would embrace to the end of his life. Both as a student and in the early phases of his career, Veitch was devoted to Hamilton's philosophy. And, although his thought took a more independent turn as he matured, Veitch always described himself as a ‘Hamiltonian’.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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