William Mitchell (philosopher)

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Sir William Mitchell
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Sir William Mitchell (1941)
Born (1861-03-27)27 March 1861
Died 24 June 1962(1962-06-24) (aged 101)
Nationality Australian
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy

Sir William Mitchell (27 March 1861 – 24 June 1962) was Professor of English Language, Literature, Mental and Moral Philosophy at the University of Adelaide from 1894–1922, Vice-Chancellor 1916–1942 and Chancellor 1942–1948.[1]

Mitchell wrote about issues overlapping philosophy of mind and science, neurology, quantum theory and philosophical psychology.

His work is the subject of a book by W. Martin Davies, The philosophy of Sir William Mitchell, 1861–1962 : a mind's own place (2003) ISBN 0-7734-6733-5.

He is also the benefactor of The Professor Sir William Mitchell Prize for Philosophy, Level II, and gives his name to the South Australian Electoral District of Mitchell.


  1. ^ Davies 2003, p. 92


  • Davies, W. Martin (2003). "Sir William Mitchell, K.C.M.G. (1861–1962): Philosopher and Chancellor of the University of Adelaide". In Healey, John. S.A.'s Greats: The men and women of the North Terrace plaques. Kent Town, South Australia: Historical Society of South Australia. ISBN 0-9579430-0-8. 

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