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ALEXANDER, SAMUEL:

Metaphysician and psychologist; born in Sydney, New South Wales, July 6, 1859. He was educated at Wesley College, Melbourne, after which he attended the Melbourne University, where he made an excellent academic record, and in 1877 gained a Balliol scholarship for classics, two years later achieving the distinction of a "double-first." In 1881 he took a first-class in the final school of classical honors and became a fellow in Lincoln College, Oxford. Subsequently he became tutor at Lincoln College, but resigned in 1890 to study experimental psychology under Münsterberg in Freiburg. In July, 1893, he was appointed to the chair of logic and philosophy at Owen's College, Manchester, and in 1896 became one of the examiners in philosophy at London University. Alexander's attainments as a philosopher form a worthy sequel to his distinguished university career. He is at once metaphysician and psychologist, and has assimilated both the English and the German methods. His book, "Moral Order and Progress," 1889, is a distinct contribution to ethics; in it Professor Alexander makes an attempt to combine evolutional with Hegelian ethics. He has also written several articles of importance for "Mind."

Bibliography:
  • Jew. Chron. July, 1893;
  • Jew. Year Book, 1899.
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