William de Burgh (philosopher)

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William de Burgh

William George de Burgh

(1866-10-24)24 October 1866
New Wandsworth, London, England
Died27 August 1943(1943-08-27) (aged 76)
ResidenceReading, England[1]
Edith Mary Grace (m. 1897)
Academic background
Alma materMerton College, Oxford
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Reading
Notable worksLegacy of the Ancient World (1924)

William George de Burgh FBA (1866–1943) was an English philosopher.[1] Born 24 October 1866 in New Wandsworth, London,[3][4] he was educated at Winchester and Merton College, Oxford.[5] He was a founding member of the University of Reading,[citation needed] where he became Professor of Philosophy in 1907.[4] His works include Towards a Religious Philosophy (1937),[6] From Morality to Religion (1938),[citation needed] and The Legacy of the Ancient World (1924).[4] A committed Anglican,[7] he endeavoured to justify the revealed truth of the gospel in terms of rationalism[4] and thereby defend it against both the contemporary Protestant theological trend for anti-rationalism and the dominant philosophy of logical positivism.[citation needed] He died 27 August 1943 in Toller Porcorum, Dorset.[4]



  1. ^ a b "De Burgh, William George" 2007.
  2. ^ "De Burgh, William George" 2007; Knox & Creffield 2004; Sell 2015, p. 5.
  3. ^ Taylor, A. E. (1943). "William George de Burgh, 1866–1943". Proceedings of the British Academy. 29: 371–372. Cited in Sell 2015, p. 3.
  4. ^ a b c d e Knox & Creffield 2004.
  5. ^ Knox & Creffield 2004; Sell 2015, p. 4.
  6. ^ Sell 2015, p. 8.
  7. ^ Sell 2015, p. 24.


"De Burgh, William George". Who's Who. A & C Black. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U223247.
Knox, T. M.; Creffield, C. A. (2004). "Burgh, William George de (1866–1943)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32766. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
Sell, Alan P. F. (2015) [2010]. Four Philosophical Anglicans: W. G. DeBurgh, W. R. Matthews, O. C. Quick, H. A. Hodges. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock. ISBN 978-1-4982-2008-8.

Further reading[edit]

De Burgh, W. G. (1912). The Legacy of Greece of Rome. London: Macdonald and Evans. Retrieved 22 September 2018.