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CodeNA6765
Dates1819-1914
Person NameFraser; Alexander Campbell (1819-1914); philosopher
SurnameFraser
ForenamesAlexander Campbell
Epithetphilosopher
ActivityAlexander Campbell Fraser (1819-1914), philosopher, was the son of Hugh Fraser, minister of Ardchattan and Maria Helen Campbell. At fourteen he started to study for the ministry at Glasgow University, but for health reasons transfered to Edinburgh. When the disruption came he, like his father and teacher, sided with the seceders, and in 1844 he was ordained as a junior minister of the Free Church of Cramond.

In 1846 he took the chair of Logic and Metaphysics at the theological college of the Free Church in Edinburgh, and in 1856 he was elected to the professorship at the University of Edinburgh which he held until 1891. Fraser married Jemima Gordon Dyce (d 1907), 1850, and they had three sons and two daughters. From 1850-1857 he was also editor of the 'North British Review'. Fraser also acted as Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1859 and as the representative of the senatus in the university court from 1877. From 1894-1896 he was the Gifford Lecturer on Natural Theology. He was awarded honorary degrees from the universities of Glasgow, 1871; Oxford, 1883; Edinburgh, 1891; and Dublin, 1902. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1903. Fraser's publications include: 'Essays in Philosophy' (1856); 'Rational Philosophy in History and System' (1858); 'Selections from Berkeley' (1874); 'Essay Concerning Human Understanding' (1894); and 'Biographia Philosophica' (1904).
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