¿Quién fue Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet?
William Hamilton (4 February 1788 – 6 May 1856) was a Scottish philosopher. He worked in the fields of jurisprudence, logic, and metaphysics. He is best known for his work on metaphysics and perceptions as well as his influence as a representative of Scottish philosophy in general.
Hamilton was born in Glasgow, the third of eight children of Alexander Hamilton, a wealthy merchant, and his wife Elizabeth Pollock. As a student at the University of Edinburgh, Hamilton wrote a dissertation between 1810 and 1811 on the subject of logic, entitled Essays on Truth and Error. This work was influential in both the development of his thought and also in convincing him to pursue a career in philosophy.
In 1814 he was appointed Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh, a position he would hold for the rest of his life. During his tenure there he wrote many important works, including the Lectures on Metaphysics and Logic and the Discussions on Philosophy and Literature, Education and University Reform.
Hamilton’s philosophy is often referred to as «Scottish Enlightenment» philosophy, and his work had a significant influence on many other philosophers, including Immanuel Kant, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, and Karl Marx.
In 1829 Hamilton married his cousin, Susanna, daughter of Major-General John McKay. The couple had three children: William, James, and Thomas.
Hamilton died in Edinburgh in 1856..