William Leslie Davidson

William Leslie Davidson

William Leslie Davidson (1848–1929) was a Scottish philosopher.[1]


1 Early life
2 Death
4 Selected publications
5 References

Early life[edit]
Davidson was born and raised in Old Rayne, a village in the north-east of Scotland, near Aberdeen.
He was educated at Aberdeen University before embarking on a career and life dedicated to philosophy.[2]
During the First World War, Davidson fought as a colonel in the Royal Field Artillery.
Davidson died in Aberdeen in 1929.[1]
He is known for coining the following quote from his book, Recent Theistic Discussion:
“A mind not wholly wishful to reach the truth, or to rest it in or obey it when found, is to that extent a mind impervious to truth an incapable of unbiased belief.”
Selected publications[edit]

The Logic of Definition: Explained and Applied, Longmans, London, 1885.
Theism As Grounded in Human Nature: Historically and Critically Handled. Being the Burnett Lectures for 1892, Longmans, Green, London, 1893.
The Stoic Creed, T. & T. Clark, Edinburgh, 1907.
Leading and Important English Words: Explained and Exemplified. An Aid to Teaching, Longmans, London, 1909.
Political Thought in England: The Utilitarians from Bentham to Mill, Williams and Norgate, London, 1915. (Home University Library of Modern Knowledge)
Recent Theistic Discussion, T. & T. Clark, Edinburgh, 1921.


^ a b William Leslie Davidson. Oxford Reference. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
^ “OVERVIEW: William Leslie Davidson”. Oxford Reference. 

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WorldCat Identities
VIAF: 15140299
LCCN: n79114239
SUDOC: 088724794
NLA: 35163924

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