Howison, George Holmes

Howison, George Holmes

(1834–1916) philosopher; born in Montgomery County, Md. After graduating from an Ohio seminary (1855), he became a teacher; while teaching political economy at Washington University in St. Louis (1866–69) he was attracted to idealist philosophy and went to study in Europe (1880–82). From 1884 to 1911 he headed a new philosophy department at the University of California: Berkeley. His books include Limits of Evolution, and Other Essays Illustrating the Metaphysical Theory of Personal Idealism (1901).
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