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Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) by Thomas Trotter, pubd 1783 (after Joseph Badger, 1750) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edwards, Jonathan (1703–1758), theologian and philosopher, was born in the east parish of Windsor, Connecticut, on 5 October 1703. He was the only son in a family of eleven children. His parents were the Revd Timothy Edwards (1669–1758) and his wife, Esther (1672–1771)...

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Franks, Oliver Shewell, Baron Franks (1905–1992), philosopher and public servant, was born on 16 February 1905 at Woodbrooke settlement, Selly Oak, Birmingham, the elder son and oldest of four children of the Revd Dr Robert Sleightholme Franks (1871–1964), scholar and theologian, and his wife, ...

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Oliver Shewell Franks, Baron Franks (1905–1992) by Yousuf Karsh Karsh / Camera Press, London

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Keynes, (John) Neville (1852–1949), logician, economist, and university administrator, was born on 31 August 1852 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, the only son of John Keynes (1805–1878), floriculturist, and his second wife, Anna Maynard Neville. He was reared in a middle-class, staunchly nonconformist household, which included his half-sister (fourteen years his senior), his paternal grandmother, and his father's unmarried sister. At fifteen ...

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Morell, John Daniel (1816–1891), philosopher and inspector of schools, born at home at Little Baddow manse, Little Baddow, near Chelmsford, Essex, on 18 June 1816, was the ninth child of Stephen Morell and Jemima Robinson, his wife. The family was of French origin, and settled in ...

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Owen, Gwilym Ellis Lane (1922–1982), philosopher, was born on 18 May 1922 in Southsea, Hampshire, at the family home, 44 Bath Road, the only child of Ellis William Owen (1883–1951), company secretary to the Portsmouth and Isle of Wight Ice and Cold Storage Company...

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Phillips, Dewi Zephaniah (1934–2006), philosopher, was born on 24 November 1934 at 56 Lan Street, Morriston, near Swansea, Glamorgan, the youngest of three sons of David Oakley Phillips, a labourer in a steelworks, and his wife, Alice Frances, née Davies. He was educated at ...

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J. M. Rigg

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Spalding, Samuel (1807–1843), philosopher, born in London on 30 May 1807, was the son of Thomas and Ann Spalding. His father was the founder of the firm of Spalding and Hodge, wholesale stationers, in Drury Lane, in which Samuel became a partner. Subsequently he studied for the Congregational ministry at ...

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W. R. Sorley

revised by Terrie M. Romano

Ward, James (1843–1925), philosopher and psychologist, was born at Hull on 27 January 1843, the eldest of the nine children of James Ward (bap. 1822, d. 1912) and his wife, Hannah Bate Aston (bap. 1819, d. 1903). His father was a clever and ambitious, but extremely unsuccessful, merchant, whose frequent business failures were a burden to the family. ...