Anthony Quinton, Baron Quinton

Anthony Quinton, Baron Quinton

Anthony Quinton, Baron Quinton

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Anthony Meredith Quinton, Baron Quinton (March 25, 1925) was a British political and moral philosopher, metaphysician, and materialist philosopher of mind.


A fellow of All Souls, he became a Fellow of New College, Oxford in 1955, and was President of Trinity College, Oxford from 1978 to 1987.

He was president of the Aristotelian Society from 1975 to 1976.He was Chairman of the Board of the British Library from 1985-1990.

In 1983, he was made a life peer as Baron Quinton, of Holywell in the City of Oxford and County of Oxfordshire.

To BBC Radio audiences, Anthony Quinton became well known as a presenter of the long-running Round Britain Quiz.

His Shortest Definition of Philosophy

His longer definition


  • The Nature of Things, (London, 1973)
  • The Politics of Imperfection: The Religious and Secular Traditions of Conservative Thought in England from Hooker to Oakeshott
  • Utilitarian Ethics (1973)
  • Francis Bacon (Oxford, 1980)
  • Thoughts and Thinkers (1982)
  • From Wodehouse To Wittgenstein (1998)


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