Samuel Alexander

Samuel Alexander, 1859–1938, British philosopher, b. Australia. From 1893 to 1924 he was professor of philosophy at Victoria Univ., Manchester. Strongly influenced by the theory of evolution, Alexander conceived of the world as a single cosmic process in which higher forms of being emerge periodically. The basic principle of this process is space-time, and the result is God. His works include Space, Time, and Deity (1920), Spinoza and Time (1921), Art and the Material (1925), and Beauty and Other Forms of Value (1933).

See studies by S. R. Dasgupta (1965) and M. Weinstein (1984).

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Samuel Alexander: Selected full-text books and articles

The Naturalism of Samuel Alexander By John W. McCarthy King's Crown Press, 1948
The Aesthetic Sentiment: A Criticism and an Original Excursion By Helge Lundholm Sci-art Publishers, 1941
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Samuel Alexander: On the Aesthetic Impulse" and Chap. 2 "Samuel Alexander: On the Objectivity of Beauty"
Philosophies of Beauty from Socrates to Robert Bridges: Being the Sources of Aesthetic Theory By E. F. Carritt Oxford University Press, 1931
Librarian’s tip: Excerpt from Samuel Alexander's "Space, Time, and Deity" begins on p. 267
Realism and the Background of Phenomenology By Roderick M. Chisholm Free Press, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "The Basis of Realism" by Samuel Alexander
Basic Problems of Philosophy: Selected Readings By Daniel J. Bronstein; Yervant H. Krikorian; Philip P. Wiener Prentice-Hall, 1947
Librarian’s tip: "Naturalism and Value" by Samuel Alexander begins on p. 656 and "Natural Piety" by Samuel Alexander begins on p. 660
A History of Modern Philosophy By William Kelley Wright Macmillan, 1941
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XXIV "Samuel Alexander"
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