Thomas Whittaker (metaphysician)

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Thomas Whittaker
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Born(1856-09-25)25 September 1856
Died3 October 1935(1935-10-03) (aged 79)
Education Dublin Royal College of Science
Exeter College, Oxford
Occupation(s) Metaphysician, critic

Thomas Whittaker (25 September 1856 – 3 October 1935) was an English metaphysician and critic.



Whittaker was educated at Dublin Royal College of Science and Exeter College, Oxford. He was an editor of the journal Mind (1885-1891). [1] He won a Natural Science scholarship at Exeter College. From 1910 he was director of the Rationalist Press Association. [2]

Whittaker was an advocate of the Christ myth theory. [3] [4] He was influenced by the writings of Willem Christiaan van Manen and J. M. Robertson. [5]


He wrote several lives for the Dictionary of National Biography , signing as T. W-r.

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  1. Gould, Frederick James. (1929). The Pioneers of Johnson's Court: A History of the Rationalist Press Association From 1899 Onwards. Watts. p. 54
  2. Anonymous. (1935). Obituary: Mr. Thomas Whittaker. Metaphysician and Critic. The Times. October 4. p. 16
  3. McCabe, Joseph. (1950). A Rationalist Encyclopaedia: A Book of Reference on Religion, Philosophy, Ethics, and Science. Watts. p. 334. "In England the philosophic writer T. Whittaker, and L. G. Rylands, supported Robertson in denying the historicity of Jesus."
  4. Hawton, Hector. (1971). Controversy: The Humanist/Christian Encounter. Pemberton Books. p. 173. ISBN   978-0301710211
  5. Johnston, G. A. (1916). Reviewed Work: The Origins of Christianity, with an Outline of Van Manen's Analysis of the Pauline Literature by Van Manen, Thomas Whittaker. International Journal of Ethics 26 (3): 428-429.

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