moral philosophy

Endowed in 1621 by Thomas White (c. 1550-1624), DD, Canon of Christ Church, the White's Chair of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford is perhaps the most prestigious chair of moral philosophy in the world.

Under the original agreement, the Professorship was to receive a stipend of £100 per annum, along with other payments and emoluments. The Chair was not to be held for more than five years, or at the most ten years. In 1673, a practice began of electing one of the Proctors, usually the senior, to the office; in course of time the lectures were entirely dropped; and at length the Professorship was so far forgotten, that it was never mentioned in the Oxford Calendar before the year 1831, the practice having continued, with one exception, until February 1829.

The Professorship was established on a new footing by a statute approved by the Queen in Council in 1858. As a result of statutes made by the Commissioners of 1877, the Professorship is now attached with a Fellowship with Corpus Christi College.

Holders of the White's Professorship of Moral Philosophy

See also


  • Oxford University Archives, The Historical Register of the University of Oxford , 1220-1900
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