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Encyclopedia > Wayneflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy

Magdalen College, Oxford endows four professorial fellowships named in honour of the college founder William of Waynflete, who had a great interest in science. These professorships are called collectively the Waynflete Professorships, and are statutory professorships of the University of Oxford.


The oldest professorship is the Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy.


The three science professorships were created following the recommendation of the University Commission in 1857 and in recognition of William of Waynflete's lifetime support of science. The professorships are the Waynflete Professor of Chemistry, the Waynflete Professor of Physiology, and the Waynflete Professor of Pure Mathematics.

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Waynflete Professors of Metaphysical Philosophy

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Waynflete Professors of Chemistry

The four heads of the Dyson Perrins Laboratory have been the last four of the six Waynflete Professors of Chemistry, from its foundation in 1916 as the University's research centre for organic chemistry to its retirement in 2003.

  1. B.C. Brodie Jnr, from establishment in 1865 to 1872;
  2. William Odling, from 1872 to 1912;
  3. W.H. Perkin, Jr, from 1912 to 1930. First head of Dyson Perrins Laboratory;
  4. Sir Robert Robinson, from 1930 to 1954. Nobel prize winner, 1947;
  5. Sir Ewart Jones, from 1954 to 1978;
  6. Sir Jack Baldwin, current holder.

Waynflete Professors of Physiology

Currently incomplete

  • Sir John Scott Burdon-Sanderson, from establishment in 1882 to 1905;
  • Colin Blakemore, current holder.

Waynflete Professors of Pure Mathematics

There have been five professors in this chair.

  1. Edwin Bailey Elliott, from establishment in 1892 to 1921;
  2. A.L. Dixon, 1922 to 1945;
  3. John Henry Constantine Whitehead, from 1947 to 1960;
  4. Graham Higman, 1960 to 1984;
  5. Daniel Quillen, current holder. Fields medallist, 1978.

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Waynflete Professorships - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (275 words)
The oldest professorship is the Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy.
The professorships are the Waynflete Professor of Chemistry, the Waynflete Professor of Physiology, and the Waynflete Professor of Pure Mathematics.
The four heads of the Dyson Perrins Laboratory were four consecutive Waynflete Professors of Chemistry, from its foundation in 1916 as the University's research centre for organic chemistry to its retirement in 2003.
Gilbert Ryle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (581 words)
Gilbert Ryle (1900–1976), was a philosopher, and a representative of the generation of British ordinary language philosophers influenced by Wittgenstein's insights into language, and is principally known for his critique of Cartesian dualism, for which he coined the phrase "the ghost in the machine".
A capable linguist, he was recruited to intelligence work during World War II, after which he became Wayneflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford, and published his principal work, "The Concept of Mind" in 1949.
In philosophy the two major post-war schools in the philosophy of mind, the representationalism of Jerry Fodor and the functionalism of Wilfrid Sellars posited precisely the 'internal' cognitive states that Ryle had argued against.
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