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MORRIS, George Sylvester, educator, born in Norwich, Vermont, 15 November, 1840. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1861, served a year in the army, returned to Dartmouth as tutor in 1863-'4, and studied at Union theological seminary, in New York city, and at the universities of Halle and Berlin, Germany, in 1866-'8, devoting himself chiefly to philosophical investigations. On his return to the United States he became in 1870 professor of modern languages and literature in the University of Michigan, which chair he occupied until 1880. The following year he was appointed to that of philosophy in the same institution, which he still (1888) retains. From 1878 till 1885 he was lecturer on ethics and the history of philosophy in Johns Hopkins university. Besides writing on philosophical topics in various reviews and in the "Transactions" of the Victoria institute, London, he has published Ueberweg's "History of Philosophy," a translation from the German (2 vols., New York, 1872-'4) ; "British Thought and Thinkers" (Chicago, 1880): " Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: A Critical Exposition" (1882); "Philosophy and Christianity," being the " Ely Lectures" for 1883 (New York, 1883); and " Hegel's Philosophy of the State and of History: An Exposition" (Chicago, 1887).
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