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Kneale, William Calvert (1906–1990), philosopher, was born on 22 June 1906 in Liverpool, the youngest of the three children of William Kneale (1860–1933), a superintendent in a large building firm, and his wife, Hannah Calvert (1869–1941). He was educated at the Liverpool Institute...

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Malcolm, Norman Adrian (1911–1990), philosopher, was born on 11 June 1911 in Selden, Kansas, USA, the youngest of three sons of Charles Malcolm, farmer and pharmacist, and his wife, Adda, née Wingrove, schoolteacher. From the age of eight he attended school in Lincoln, Nebraska...

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Prior, Arthur Norman (1914–1969), philosopher, was born on 4 December 1914 in Masterton, New Zealand, the only child of Norman Henry Prior, physician, and his wife, Elizabeth Munton Rothesay Teague, who died two weeks after giving birth. He grew up with two brothers and a sister from his father's second marriage. Educated at ...

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Herbert Spencer (1820–1903) by unknown photographer, c. 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Spencer, Herbert (1820–1903), philosopher, social theorist, and sociologist, was born at 12 Exeter Road, Derby, on 27 April 1820. He was the eldest son of (William) George Spencer (bap. 1790, d. 1866), the proprietor and headmaster of a small private school, and his wife, ...

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Venn, John (1834–1923), philosopher and antiquary, was born on 4 August 1834 at Drypool, Hull, the first of the two children of Henry Venn (1796–1873), fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, evangelical divine, and secretary of the Church Missionary Society, and his wife, Martha Sykes (...

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Webb, Thomas Ebenezer (1821–1903), philosopher, barrister, and literary critic, was born in Portscatho, Cornwall, on or about 8 May 1821. He was eldest of the twelve children of the Revd Thomas Webb, a Methodist minister who owned a small estate in Cornwall, and his wife, ...

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Wilson, John Cook (1849–1915), philosopher and classical scholar, was born on 6 June 1849 at Mount Horton, Nottingham, the only son of the three children of the Revd James Wilson (1814–1902), a Methodist minister, and his wife, Hannah (1818–1902), daughter of John Cook...