Dudley Knowles

Biography of Dudley Knowles

Professor Dudley Knowles
Professor Dudley Knowles

Professor Dudley Ross Knowles gained an M.Litt. from the University of Glasgow in 1974 and became Professor of Political Philosophy. He taught at the University from 1973-2011.

He was born 20th July 1947 in Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire where he grew up with his twin brother David. They spent a lot of time walking and climbing in the Pennines and became members of the newly formed Pennine Rescue Team at the age of 16.

He was educated at Kirkham Grammar School and went up to St John’s College Oxford in 1966, though moved the next year to the (then) Bedford College in the University of London. He met his future wife in Glencoe, where he spent vacations as a student, and they married in 1968. After graduation from the University of London in 1970 with a first in Philosophy, Dudley Knowles moved to Glencoe, and became manager of the Clachaig Inn. He and his brother joined the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team.

While in Glencoe, Knowles continued his studies at the University of Glasgow where he completed an M. Litt. He then moved to Glasgow and accepted a lectureship in the Philosophy department.

While lecturing at the University of Glasgow Dudley Knowles was also Head Warden in Queen Margaret Halls of residence. He built a reputation as a leading political philosopher and Hegel Scholar. His book Political Philosophy (2001) remains a widely read textbook and Hegel and the Philosophy of Right(2002) contributes greatly to the field.

Professor Dudley Knowles retired in 2011 and moved to Sussex. He died on 26th October 2014.


Dudley Knowles

Born 20 July 1947.
Died 26 October 2014.
University Link: Graduate, Professor
GU Degree: MLitt, 1974;
Occupation categories: philosophers
Record last updated: 12th Dec 2014

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