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A different kind of sage – Timothy Sprigge

Timothy Sprigge was an affectionate father and a Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Edinburgh University from 1979 to 1989, when he became Professor Emeritus. In his philosophy he “managed to combine absolute idealism with utilitarianism”.

Idealism with utilitarianism is a fair summary of the history of freedom in Britain, and Timothy Sprigge believed in free will. I’m touched to learn that serving as chairman of Advocates for Animals meant as much to him as being elected President of the Aristotelian Society.

We need philosophers who care about children and animals. Logical thinkers are in short supply, too.