Grote Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic

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The Grote Chair of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic is an endowed chair at University College London's Department of Philosophy.


Along with Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind and Logic (originally called Logic and the Philosophy of the Human Mind) was one of two Philosophy chairs established at the founding of University College London.[1]: 469 The first Mind and Logic professorship was awarded to John Hoppus, a Congregational minister, who held the position from 1830 to 1866. George Grote, one of the college's founders and a member of its governing council, objected to the appointment on the grounds that the college was intended to be non-sectarian and that therefore a philosophy chair should not be held by a minister of religion. Because of this incident, Grote resigned from the council in 1830. In 1866 Grote, who had returned to the council in 1849, was instrumental in preventing the awarding of the chair to James Martineau, a Unitarian minister, for the same reasons. Grote's preferred candidate, George Croom Robertson, was appointed to the chair in 1867.

Grote's will provided an endowment of £6000 for the Chair of Philosophy of Mind and Logic, with the stipulation that the income could not be awarded to a holder of the chair who was a minister of any religion. Instead, the income was to be held back and reinvested until a lay person was again appointed. Grote died in 1871 and in 1876, two years before her own death, his widow Harriet Grote passed on the £6000 to the college.[2]

Grote Professors of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic


  1. ^ Hicks, G. Dawes (1927). "A Century of Philosophy at University College, London". Journal of Philosophical Studies. 3 (12): 468–482. [T]he one Chair would have for its province "that department of mental phenomena in which all that relates to knowledge or the acquisition and formation of ideas is concerned"
  2. ^ Croom Robertson, George. "Grote, George (DNB00)". Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 23. Wikisource. Retrieved 2011-03-07.

Further reading

  • Clarke, M. L. (1962). George Grote: A Biography. London: Athlone Press.
  • Wolff, Jonathan (2006). "Philosophy at University College London: Part 1: From Jeremy Bentham to the Second World War". Academic Staff Common Room Society. SAS-Space. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
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