Hamilton, Sir William (17881856)

Hamilton, Sir William, distinguished philosopher of the Scotch school, born in Glasgow; studied there and in Oxford with distinction; bred for the bar, but hardly ever practised; contributed to the Edinburgh Review, having previously published “Discussions in Philosophy”; in 1836 he became professor of Logic and Metaphysics in Edinburgh University, in which capacity he exercised a great influence in the domain of philosophic speculation; his lectures were published after his death; his system was attacked by John Stuart Mill, and criticised in part by Dr. Hutchison Stirling, who, while deducting materially from his repute as an original thinker, describes his “writings as always brilliant, forcible, clear, and, where information is concerned, both entertaining and instructive”; was “almost the only earnest man,” Carlyle testifies, he found in Edinburgh on his visit from Craigenputtock to the city in 1833 (17881856).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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