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Samuel Alexander at Manchester

Samuel Alexander

Samuel Alexander (1859–1938) was Professor of Logic, Mental and Moral Philosophy at Owens College (later to become The University of Manchester), and then the first Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy, from 1893–1924.

He was a hugely influential philosopher in his day. He published the two-volume Space, Time, and Deity in 1920 and corresponded widely with other eminent philosophers, including Bertrand Russell, C D Broad, G F Stout, and F H Bradley. Many of his papers, including correspondence and unpublished works, are housed in the John Rylands Library in Manchester.

Alexander is also an important figure in the history of the University, playing a major role in the establishment of the independent University of Manchester and helping to establish the first women’s hall of residence at the University – Ashburne Hall. He is commemorated with a Jacob Epstein bust in the foyer of the Samuel Alexander Building.

Find out more about Alexander’s life, works and correspondence.