R.F.A. [Reinhold Friedrich Alfred] Hoernlé (1880-1943)
November 27, 1880 - July 21, 1943
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b. 27 November 1880, in Bonn, Germany, to the famous Indologist A.F.R.
spent his early years in India (where he became fluent in Hindi)
elementary and secondary school in Germany
admission to Balliol College, Oxford, 1899
BA 1903; MA 1907
election to a Senior Demyship at Magdalen College
October 1905-fall 1907, assistant to Bernard Bosanquet at St Andrews
B.Sc.; thesis on “Modern Theories of the Will” at Oxford in 1907
January 1908-1911, Professor at the South African College (later, University
of Cape Town)
January 1912-1914, Professor, Chair of Philosophy, Armstrong College (Newcastle-upon-Tyne),
University of Durham
1914 married Agnes Winnifred Tucker of S. Africa
mid-Summer 1914-1920, Assistant Professor, Harvard University
Summer 1920-1923, Professor, Armstrong College
1923-43, Professor, University of the Witswatersrand
Chair of the Johannesburg Joint Council of European and Natives, a member
of the executive (from 1932) and Chair (from 1934) of the South African
Institute of Race Relations, and of the Society of Christians and Jews
d. 21 July 1943
[a discussion of Hoernlé's views appears in Chapter 2 of Philosophy
As A Science Its Matter And Its Method By C. J. Ducasse]
Studies in Contemporary Metaphysics. New York, Harcourt, Brace and
Idealism as a philosophy, New York, George H. Doran, 1927
Matter, life, mind and God; five lectures on contemporary tendencies
of thought. New York, Harcourt, Brace, 1922.
South African native policy and the liberal spirit : being the Phelps-Stokes
lectures, delivered before the University of Cape Town, May, 1939.
University of Cape Town, 1939.
Race and reason; being mainly a selection of contributions to the race
problem in South Africa, by the late Professor R. F.Alfred Hoernle.
Edited with a memoir by Professor I. D. MacCrone. Johannesburg, Witwatersrand
University Press, 1945.
Studies in philosophy. Edited and with a memoir by Daniel S. Robinson.
London, G. Allen & Unwin 
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