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Thomas Ebenezer Webb

(c. 1821—1903) philosopher, barrister, and literary critic


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Thomas Ebenezer Webb was born in Cornwall on 8 May 1827 and died in Dublin on 30 November 1903. He was educated at Kingswood School and at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating BA in 1850, MA in 1857 and LL.D. in 1859. He was appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin in 1857. Called to the Bar in 1861, he became Regius Professor of Laws at Trinity in 1867. In 1887 he was appointed county court judge for Donegal and Chairman of Donegal Quarter Sessions. His main contribution to philosophy is to be found in two works – The Intellectualism of Locke, a reinterpretation of the philosophy of John Locke, published in 1857, and The Veil of Isis, a critical history of modern idealism, published in 1885. He also published a translation of Faust, a work on Shakespeare and a series of essays on the Irish land question.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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