Biography of Gershom Carmichael
Gershom Carmichael (1672-1729) was appointed a regent at the University in 1694. When the office of regent was abolished in 1727, he was appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy.
Born in London, Carmichael was the son of an exiled Presbyterian clergyman. He graduated MA from the University of Edinburgh in 1691 and was appointed a regent at the University of St Andrews in 1693. He moved to Glasgow the following year, where he obtained an MA and was appointed a regent.
A highly-regarded philosopher of his day, Carmichael laid special emphasis on the natural rights of Mankind and his most influential publication was a commentary, first published in 1718, on Samuel Pufendorf's work on the duty of Man and the citizen. One of Carmichael's pupils, Francis Hutcheson, considered the commentary to be "of much more value than the text".
Born 1672, London, England.
Died 26 November 1729.
University Link: Alumnus, Professor, Regent
GU Degree: MA, 1693;
Occupation categories: philosophers
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Record last updated: 25th Jun 2008