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Ross, William David, Sir

Born: 1877 AD
Died: 1971 AD, at 94 years of age.

Nationality: Scottish
Categories: Philosopher


1877 - Born on April 15th in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland. Scottish rationalistic moral philosopher and critic of utilitarianism who proposed a form of “cognitivist nondefinitism” based on intuitional knowledge rather than “naturalism”.

1902 - Ross's notable academic and public career included his rise from lecturer to provost at Oriel College.

1908 - Schooled in the classics at the University of Edinburgh and Balliol College, Oxford, Ross gained recognition as an Aristotelian scholar by editing the Oxford English translations of Aristotle.

         - He translated the Metaphysics and Ethica Nicomachea himself.

1938 - He was knighted for outstanding munitions work during World War I.

1941 - Appointed as vice-chancellor of Oxford University.

1947 - Became the president of the Union Académique Internationale.

         - Was the Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Press.  

1954 - Among his writings are Aristotle, The Right and the Good, Foundations of Ethics, Plato's Theory of Ideas, and Kant's Ethical Theory.

1971 - Died on May 5th.


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