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Anscombe, (Gertrude) Elizabeth Margaret (1919–2001), philosopher, was born on 18 March 1919 at Glanmire, North Strand, Limerick, the youngest child and only daughter of Allen Wells Anscombe (1885–1939), a schoolmaster at Dulwich College, then serving as a captain in the Royal Welch Fusiliers...

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Copleston, Frederick Charles (1907–1994), philosopher and Jesuit, was born on 10 April 1907 at Claremont, Trull, near Taunton, Somerset, the elder son of Frederick Selwyn Copleston (1850–1935), civil servant in India and high court judge in Rangoon, and his second wife, Norah Margaret...

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Crichton, James [called the Admirable Crichton] (1560–1582), rhetorician and soldier, was born on 19 August 1560, probably at Eliock near Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, the son of Robert Crichton (d. 1582), lawyer.

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Dummett, Sir Michael Anthony Eardley (1925–2011), philosopher and campaigner against racial injustice, was born Michael Eardley Dummett at 56 York Terrace, Marylebone, London on 27 June 1925, the only child of George Herbert Dummett (1880–1970), a silk merchant also later dealing in rayon, and his wife ...

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Hügel, Friedrich Maria Aloys François Charles von, Baron von Hügel in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1852–1925), philosopher and theologian, was born at Florence on 5 May 1852, the elder son of Karl Alexander Anselm, Baron von Hügel (1795–1870), naturalist and traveller, and of ...

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Ward, William George (1812–1882), theologian and philosopher, was born in London on 21 March 1812, the eldest son of the four sons and four daughters of William Ward (1787–1849), MP, director of the Bank of England, and proprietor of Lord's cricket ground, and his wife, ...

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White [alias Blacklo], Thomas (1592/3–1676), Roman Catholic priest and philosopher, was born into a landowning recusant family as the second son of Richard White (d. 1634) of Hutton, Essex, and Mary, daughter of the eminent Elizabethan lawyer Edmund Plowden. His sister ...

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Wittgenstein, Ludwig Josef Johann (1889–1951), philosopher, was born in Neuwaldeggerstrasse, Neuwaldegg, Vienna, on 26 April 1889, the youngest of eight children of Karl and Leopoldine Wittgenstein. He studied philosophy at Cambridge from 1911 until 1913, and taught there from 1930 onwards, holding a chair in philosophy from 1939 until his premature retirement in 1947. He was the author of two philosophical masterpieces of the twentieth century, the ...