Alexander Campbell Fraser

Philosopher, Author

1819 – 1914

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Who was Alexander Campbell Fraser?

Alexander Campbell Fraser was a Scottish philosopher.

Born at Ardchattan, Argyll, the son of the parish minister, he was educated at the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, where, from 1846 to 1856, he was professor of Logic at New College. He edited the North British Review from 1850 to 1857, and in 1856, having previously been a Free Church of Scotland minister, he succeeded Sir William Hamilton as professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Edinburgh University. In 1859 he became dean of the faculty of arts.

He devoted himself to the study of British and Irish philosophers, especially George Berkeley, and published:

Collected Edition of the Works of Bishop Berkeley with Annotations, etc.. Charles Peirce praised this edition for both including some writing not in other editions, and offering a more carefully edited texts. While Peirce praised the book for the provision of useful introductions, he opined that the explanatory notes disfigured every page in an unnecessary and useless manner.

Biography of Berkeley,

Annotated Edition of Locke's Essay,

Philosophy of Theism

a biography of Thomas Reid in the "Famous Scots Series".

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Sep 3, 1819
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
Dec 2, 1914

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