Joseph Rickaby

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Joseph John Rickaby (1845-1932) was an English Jesuit priest and philosopher.


He was born in 1845 in Everingham, York. He received his education at Stonyhurst College, and was ordained in 1877, one of the so-called Stonyhurst Philosophers,[1] a significant group for neo-scholasticism in England.[2] At the time he was at St Beuno's, he was on friendly terms with Gerard Manley Hopkins;[3] they were ordained on the same day.

His Moral Philosophy of 1901, in the Stonyhurst Philosophical Series,[4] gave a theological argument for the proposition that animal rights do not exist.[5]

He had some affiliation with Clarke's Hall in Worcester College, Oxford. He would deliver conferences to Catholic undergraduates of Oxford and Cambridge.[6][7] His work is quoted by C.E. Raven in his Science, Religion, and The Future (1943, p. 9).



  1. ^ Jill Muller, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Victorian Catholicism: A Heart in Hiding (2003), p. 89; the others were Richard F. Clarke, Herbert Lucas, and his brothers John Rickaby.
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  3. ^ Joseph J. Feeney, The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins (2008), p. 18.
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  5. ^ Gary Steiner, Anthropocentrism and Its Discontents: The Moral Status of Animals in the History of Western Philosophy (2005), p. 114.
  6. ^ The Catholic Who's who and Yearbook By Francis Cowley Burnand Published by Burns & Oates, 1908
  7. ^ World Cat Identities

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