William de Burgh (philosopher)

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William George de Burgh FBA (24 October 1866 – 27 August 1943) was a British philosopher. Educated at Winchester and Merton College, Oxford, he was a founding member of the University of Reading, where he became Professor of Philosophy in 1907. His works include Towards a Religious Philosophy, 1937; From Morality to Religion, 1938; and The Legacy of the Ancient World, 1923. A committed Anglican, he endeavoured to justify the revealed truth of the gospel in terms of rationalism, and thereby defend it against both the contemporary Protestant theological trend for anti-rationalism and the dominant philosophy of Logical Positivism.


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