William Wallace (Scottish philosopher)

William Wallace (Scottish philosopher)

William Wallace (May 11, 1843 - February 18, 1897) was a Scottish philosopher.

He was born at Cupar in Fife the son of master-builder James Wallace and mother Jane (Jean) Kellock. He was educated at St Andrews University and Balliol College, Oxford, where he went as an exhibitioner in 1864. In 1872 he was elected a fellow of Merton College and in 1882 succeeded T.H. Green as White's Professor of Moral Philosophy.

His "brusque and sarcastic" manner [Encyclopaedia Britannica 1911] earned him the nickname "the Dorian". His primary philosophical efforts were directed toward the study of German philosophers, particularly Hegel, of whose works he produced translations still renowned for their lucidity and sense of style.

He was married to Janet Barclay of Cupar on April 4, 1872 and had three children.

William Wallace died on Feb. 18, 1897 as a result of a bicycle accident. Whiledescending a steep hill at Enslow Bridge near Oxford, he lost control of his bicycle and hit a parapet wall. He was found unconscious and carried to The Rock of Gibraltar Inn where he died the next day. He is buried in Holywell Cemetery, Oxford with his wife and one of his sons.


* "The Logic of Hegel", 1873 (contains translation of Hegel's "Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences in Outline"), 2nd ed. 1892 with introductory volume "Prolegomena"
* "Epicureanism", 1880
* "Kant", 1882
* "Life of Arthur Schopenhauer", 1890
* "Hegel's Philosophy of Mind" (translation from the "Encyclopaedia" with five introductory essays)
* "Lectures and Essays on Natural Theology and Ethics"

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