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Arthur Prior

Arthur Prior

Arthur Prior was the first New Zealand philosopher to forge an international reputation, and remains important as the inventor of tense logic. He taught philosophy at the University of Canterbury from 1946 to 1958, during which time he was made the university's first professor of philosophy. He then became professor at the University of Manchester in England before moving to Oxford University, where he remained until his death in 1969. 

This sketch of Prior was done by Toss Woollaston around 1956, when Prior was at Canterbury. 

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Ink drawing by Toss Woollaston

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Philosophy - Philosophers in New Zealand, 1870s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 22 Oct 2014