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date: 22 August 2019

Riley, Isaac Woodbridgelocked

(20 May 1869–02 September 1933)
  • Brendan Sweetman


Riley, Isaac Woodbridge (20 May 1869–02 September 1933), philosopher and educator, was born in New York City, the son of Isaac Riley, a Presbyterian minister, and Katherine Southmayd Parker. Riley’s father was pastor of the Thirty-fourth Street Reformed Church in New York City, and then of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Buffalo, New York, where the family moved in 1875. After studying at the English School in Florence, Italy, Riley returned and attended Yale University, graduating in 1892 with a bachelor’s degree. He taught English at New York University from 1897 to 1898. In 1898 he presented a thesis, “The Metaphysics of Mormonism,” for his M.A. in philosophy at Yale and expanded this work to earn his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1902. That same year he was appointed professor of philosophy at the University of New Brunswick....

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