W. K. C.

Guthrie William Keith Chambers Guthrie (1 August 1906 17 May 1981) was a Scottish classi cal scholar, best known for his History of Greek Philosophy, published in six vo lumes between 1962 and his death. Contents [hide] 1 Early life and education 2 Early career and World War Two 3 Post war career 4 Works 5 References Early life and education[edit] Although of longstanding Scottish stock on both his father's and mother's side, Guthrie was born and brought up in London where his father, Charles James Guthri e, pursued a career with the Westminster Bank. After attending Dulwich College, Guthrie went up to Cambridge University in 1925 winning the Eric Evan Spicer scholarship to Trinity College. He excelled in his studies, being supervised by, amongst others, Francis Cornford and A. S. F. Gow , and was placed in the first class of both Parts of the Classical Tripos, with distinction in Part II and the award of the Craven Prize. After graduating he embarked on a postgraduate career at Trinity. He met his fut ure wife, Adele Marion Ogilvy, an Australian studying at Newnham College, while supervising her undergraduate studies in 1929-1930. They married in 1933 and wen t on to have two children. Early career and World War Two[edit] In 1930 Guthrie left Trinity College to take up a Bye Fellowship at Peterhouse, going on to become a full Fellow in 1932. Between 1936-1937 he served as a unive rsity proctor and in 1939 was appointed as the University Orator, a position he held for eighteen years, responsible for delivering speeches in Latin in honour of recipients of honorary doctorates. During the war he exchanged scholarship for military service serving in the Inte lligence Corps between 1941 - 1945, based initially in London, then in St Albans and, from 1943, in Istanbul, achieving the temporary rank of Major. Post war career[edit] Returning to Cambridge after the war Guthrie was much in demand in his capacity as Orator, called upon to deliver Latin encomia in honour of such dignitaries as Winston Churchill, Clement Attlee, Jan Smuts, Nehru, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Visc ount Slim and General Montgomery. In 1946 he was promoted to Reader before becoming the third Laurence Professor o f Ancient Philosophy in 1952, the year in which he became a Fellow of the Britis h Academy. In 1950 he edited an edition of his mentor Cornford's essays under th e title The Unwritten Philosophy. In 1957 he moved to his third Cambridge college when invited to become the Maste r of Downing College where he would remain for the rest of his life. As Master h e took a full part in the administrative, cultural and social life of the colleg e, occasionally preaching in the college chapel and supporting the undergraduate music club and boat club. He oversaw a rewriting of the college statutes and in troduced a maximum term for a Master of fifteen years, by which he chose volunta rily to abide although it did not apply to him.

revised 1952) Aristotle De Caelo (trans. of what would be his life's magnum opus were published to high acclaim in 1962 and 1964.Part 1: The Sophists.. translator In the Beginning: Some Greek Views of the Origins of Life and the Early State of Man (1957) On the Heavens. The first volumes. unfinished at his death aged 74 in 1981 the year in which he p ublished the sixth volume in the series. translator (1969) Socrates (1971) The Pre-Socratics: A Collection of Critical Essays (1974) A History of Greek Philosophy Volume I: The Earlier Presocratics and the Pythago reans (1962) A History of Greek Philosophy Volume II: The Presocratic Tradition from Parmenid es to Democritus (1965) A History of Greek Philosophy Volume III: The Fifth-Century Enlightenment .. devoted to the pre-Socra tics. 1950) The Greeks and their Gods (1950) The Hub and the Spokes (1953) Protagoras and Meno (1956) dialogues of Plato. The work continued while serving as Master of Downing and became his life's full mission after retiring from that position in 1972. As a philosopher Guthrie followed in the tradition of Cornford in believing that ancient philosophers should be read and interpreted against their own historica l background. Works[edit] Orpheus and Greek Religion (1935. as has been the practice of later genera tions of classical philosophers. The venture r emained. rather than engaged with. devoted to Aristotle.In 1956 he was approached by the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press to wr ite a history of ancient philosophy.the Man and his Dialogues: Earl ier Period (1975) A History of Greek Philosophy Volume V: The Later Plato and the Academy (1978) A History of Greek Philosophy Volume VI: Aristotle: An Encounter (1981) . and notes 1939) The Greek Philosophers (from Thales to Aristotle. Part 2: Socrates (1971) A History of Greek Philosophy Volume IV: Plato . in the context of the whole canon of philosophy both ancient and modern. however. intro.

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful