Book Cover of Walter Terence Stace


Lifetime: 1886 - 1967 Passed: ≈ 56 years ago


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Walter Terence Stace

Walter Terence Stace (1886-1967) was an English philosopher, educator, and writer, best known for his contributions to the field of moral philosophy and Eastern philosophy. Stace's work is characterized by his belief in the importance of reconciling Western and Eastern philosophical traditions and his advocacy for a more holistic and integrated approach to understanding the human experience.

Stace's early work focused on the philosophy of religion, with his first book, "The Concept of Morals" (1937), exploring the relationship between morality and religious belief. He argued that morality can be understood independently of religion and that ethical principles are derived from reason rather than divine revelation.

Stace also played an important role in introducing Eastern philosophy to the Western world. His seminal work, "Mysticism and Philosophy" (1960), is widely regarded as a classic in the field of comparative religion and philosophy. In this book, Stace explored the concept of mysticism and its relationship to philosophical inquiry, arguing that mystical experiences provide a valuable perspective on the nature of reality and the human condition.

In addition to his work in philosophy, Stace was a prominent educator, serving as a professor at Princeton University and Columbia University. He was also a prolific writer, publishing numerous articles and books on a wide range of topics, including ethics, metaphysics, and the philosophy of science.

Stace's philosophy was characterized by his belief in the importance of transcending the limitations of individual experience and understanding the interconnectedness of all things. He argued that the traditional dichotomy between subject and object, self and world, was illusory and that a more integrated understanding of the human experience was necessary to achieve true enlightenment.

Walter Terence Stace passed away in 1967, but his contributions to philosophy continue to be widely studied and discussed today. He is remembered as a pioneer in the field of comparative philosophy and for his advocacy of a more holistic and integrated approach to understanding the human experience. A fun fact about Stace is that he was an avid collector of rare books and manuscripts, and his personal collection of books is now housed in the Princeton University Library.


Books by Walter Terence Stace

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A Critical History of Greek Philosophy

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It is a comprehensive analysis of Greek philosophical thought from its origins to the end of the Hellenistic period. This book was first published in 1920 and has since become a standard reference work in the field of philosophy. Stace presents an o...