Wilson, John Boyd 1928-2003

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WILSON, John Boyd 1928-2003

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born October 6, 1928, in London, England; died August 29, 2003. Philosopher, educator, and author. Wilson was former director of the Farmington Trust Research Unit at Oxford, where he became known for advancing the discipline of moral education. Educated at New College, Oxford, where he completed a master's degree in 1954, he later taught at King's School, Canterbury, where he was second master, and at the University of Toronto's Trinity College as professor of religious knowledge. During the mid-1960s, he lectured in philosophy at the University of Sussex, joining the Farmington Trust Research Unit as its director in 1965. Teaming up with psychology and sociology professors, Wilson helped define what moral education was, cowriting the textbook on the subject Introduction to Moral Education (1967). He left the Farmington Trust in 1972 to teach at Oxford University and, beginning in 1973, was also director of the Warborough Trust Research Unit. A prolific author, Wilson produced about fifty books during his lifetime, including Language and the Pursuit of Truth (1956), Logic and Sexual Morality (1965), The Assessment of Morality (1973), What Philosophy Can Do (1986), Politically Speaking: The Pragmatic Analysis of Political Language (1990), and Learning to Love (1999).



Times (London, England), November 14, 2003, p. 44.

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