John Niemeyer Findlay

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John Niemeyer Findlay, known as J. N. Findlay, (Pretoria, 25 November 1903–27 September 1987) was a South African philosopher.

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Findlay studied classics and philosophy, first at the University of Pretoria, after receiving a Rhodes scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford for the years 1924-1926, and completed his doctorate in 1933 at Graz, where he studied under Ernst Mally. He was professor of philosophy at the University of Pretoria, the University of Otago in New Zealand, Rhodes University College, Grahamstown, the University of Natal, Pietermartizburg, King’s College, Newcastle upon Tyne, and King's College London. Following retirement from his chair at London (1966) and a year at the University of Texas at Austin, Findlay continued to teach full-time for more than twenty years, first as Clark Professor of Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy at Yale University (1967-1972), then as University Professor and Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy (succeeding Peter Bertocci in 1975) at Boston University (1972-1987).He was president of the Aristotelian Society from 1955 to 1956 and president of the Metaphysical Society of America from 1974 to 1975, as well as a Fellow of both the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was also an Editorial Advisor of the journal Dionysius. A chair for visiting professors at Boston University carries his name, as does a...
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