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In Memoriam: Anthony Quinton 1925-2010

We are very sad to report the death of Anthony Quinton, former President of Trinity College, Fellow of All Souls (1949-55)and Tutorial Fellow in philosophy at New College (1955-78). Lord Quinton died 19th June aged 85.

Anthony Quinton came to Oxford to read PPE at Christ Church. After graduating with a First, he became Fellow of All Souls (1949-55) and of New College (1955-78). In 1978 he was appointed President of Trinity College; in 1985 a chairman of the board of the British Library. He also served as vice-president of the British Academy in 1985 and 1986. In addition, he served, at various times, as a delegate of the Oxford University Press, as president of the Aristotelian Society, of the Society for Applied Philosophy, and the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1977 and created life peer in 1982.

His masterpiece was The Nature of Things (1973). Metaphysics apart, he contributed an introductory work, Utilitarian Ethics (1973), and diversified political philosophy that prevailed in the sixties and seventies with The Politics of Imperfection: the Religious and Secular Traditions of Conservative Thought in England from Hooker to Oakshot (1978). He was a peerless conversationalist and public speaker.

Obituaries have recently been published in the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.

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