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George Blewett
George John Blewett

(1873-12-09)9 December 1873
Yarmouth, Ontario, Canada
Died9 August 1912(1912-08-09) (aged 38)
Go Home Bay, Ontario, Canada
Home townNear St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Clara Woodsworth (m. 1906)
Ecclesiastical career
ReligionChristianity (Methodist)
ChurchMethodist Church
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisThe Metaphysical Basis of Preceptive Ethics[2] (1900)
Academic work
School or tradition

George John Blewett (1873–1912) was a Canadian philosopher and theologian.

Born on 9 December 1873, in Yarmouth Township in Elgin County, Ontario, the son of William Blewett, a farmer, and Mary Baker, he was raised on a farm near St. Thomas, Ontario.[1] In 1897, he graduated from Victoria University in the University of Toronto.[6] He studied at the University of Würzburg in 1899 and received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in philosophy in 1900 from Harvard University. He also did postgraduate work at Oxford University and Cambridge University.

In 1901, he became a lecturer in philosophy at Wesley College, Winnipeg. In 1906, he became the Ryerson Professor of moral philosophy at Victoria University. In 1907, he wrote The Study of Nature and the Vision of God: With Other Essays in Philosophy. His second book The Christian View of the World was published in 1912.

He drowned while swimming, apparently the result of a heart attack, in Go Home Bay, Ontario, on 15 August 1912.[7] He was buried in the Necropolis Cemetery.



  1. ^ a b c d e f Trott 1998.
  2. ^ Blewett 1900; Slater 2005, p. 493; Trott 1998.
  3. ^ Armour 1989, p. 34.
  4. ^ McKillop 2001, p. 224.
  5. ^ "Biographies". The Hypertext Pratt. Peterborough, Ontario: Trent University. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  6. ^ Slater 2005, p. 493; Trott 1998.
  7. ^ Slater 2005, p. 495; Trott 1998.


Armour, Leslie (1989). "The Canadian Tradition and the Common Good" (PDF). Maritain Studies. 5: 23–40. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
Blewett, George John (1900). The Metaphysical Basis of Preceptive Ethics (PhD thesis). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University. OCLC 76979155.
McKillop, A. B. (2001) [1979]. Disciplined Intelligence: Critical Inquiry and Canadian Thought in the Victorian Era. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. ISBN 978-0-7735-6892-1.
Slater, John G. (2005). Minerva's Aviary: Philosophy at Toronto, 1843–2003. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-0-8020-3870-8.
Trott, Elizabeth (1998). "Blewett, George John". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. 14. Toronto: University of Toronto / Université Laval. Retrieved 4 October 2019.