Jonathan Bennett (philosopher)

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Jonathan Francis Bennett (born 17 February 1930) is a British philosopher of language and metaphysics, and a historian of early modern philosophy.

Born in Greymouth, New Zealand to Francis Oswald Bennett and Pearl Allan Brash Bennett.[1] Bennett read philosophy at the University of Canterbury (formerly Canterbury University College)[2] and at the University of Oxford where he was a member of Magdalen College, Oxford.

Bennett's first academic post was as a Junior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand (then Auckland University College) (1952).[3] He was an Instructor in Philosophy at Haverford College (Pennsylvania) (1955-56), then a Lecturer in Moral Science (Philosophy) at the University of Cambridge (1956–68), then at Simon Fraser University (1968–70), the University of British Columbia (1970–79), and Syracuse University (1979–97). In 1980, he was the Tanner Lecturer at Brasenose College of Oxford University.[4] In 1992, he was the John Locke Lecturer at the University of Oxford. In 1985, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[5] The British Academy extended him the same honor in 1991.

He has also written extensively on philosophy of mind, events, conditionals, and consequentialist ethics. Bennett is renowned for his interpretations of major early modern philosophers.[6]

Bennett's website is devoted to making the texts of early modern philosophers more accessible to today's students.

Works[edit]

  • 1989 (1964). Rationality. Hackett.
  • 1966. Kant’s Analytic. Cambridge University Press.
  • 1971. Locke, Berkeley, Hume: Central Themes. Oxford University Press.
  • 1974. Kant’s Dialectic. Cambridge University Press.
  • 1990 (1976). Linguistic Behaviour. Hackett.
  • 1984. A Study of Spinoza’s Ethics. Hackett.
  • 1988. Events and their Names. Hackett.
  • 1995. The Act Itself. Oxford University Press.
  • 2001. Learning from Six Philosophers. Oxford University Press.
  • 2003. A Philosophical Guide to Conditionals. Oxford University Press.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hull, Richard (2013). "Jonathan Francis Bennett". The American Philosophical Association Centennial Series. Presidential Addresses of The American Philosophical Association 1981–1990 10: 515–518. doi:10.5840/apapa2013172. 
  2. ^ "University of Canterbury, Philosophy, Master's Theses". University of Canterbury. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Hull, Richard (2013). "Jonathan Francis Bennett". The American Philosophical Association Centennial Series. Presidential Addresses of The American Philosophical Association 1981–1990 10: 515. doi:10.5840/apapa2013172. 
  4. ^ Bennett, Jonathan. "Who is Jonathan Bennett?". Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ Lowe, E. J. (2005). Honderich, Ted, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 87. ISBN 0-19-926479-1. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] - "Translations" by Bennett of philosophical classics of the English language into contemporary English. Also works in Latin, French and German.