Stuart Newton Hampshire 1914–2004

Alan Ryan

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264232
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734243 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Stuart Newton Hampshire 1914–2004

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Stuart Hampshire was one of the most interesting philosophers of the last half-century. He wrote extensively on ethics and politics during the second half of his career, but everything he wrote reflected the concerns that drew him to Aristotle, Spinoza, and Freud at the beginning of his career; and although he was never a Marxist, he never lost his respect for Marx's analysis of the conflicts and tensions inherent in any economically complex society. The last book Hampshire published in his lifetime was called, characteristically, Justice is Conflict, having begun with the title Justice is Strife. To the very end of his life, he wrote with an extraordinary freshness and lightness of touch, and preserved an open-minded curiosity about the human condition in all its aspects that would have been remarkable in someone fifty years younger.

Keywords: philosopher; biography; obituary

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Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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