Samuel Alexander

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[Revised entry by Emily A. E. Thomas on July 13, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
Australian-born philosopher Samuel Alexander (1859 – 1938) was a prominent figure in early twentieth-century British philosophy. He is best known for advancing “British Emergentism”, a movement that held mind “emerges” from matter. Alexander rejected idealism, and accordingly can be labelled a “new realist” alongside the likes of Bertrand Russell; however, unlike other new realists, Alexander maintained close ties with British idealism throughout his career, and his ontology arguably…

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