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MacTaggart, John Ellis
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(McTaggart; Sep 3, 1866, London – Jan 18, 1925, London), English philosopher, representative of British idealism, in contrast to which B. Russell and G. Moore made their mark. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he spent his entire academic life: from 1891, fellow; from 1897 to 1923, lecturer. Particularly influential was his proof of the unreality of time, controversially discussed well into the second half of the 20th century.


Works include: “The Unreality of Time,” Mind 17, 1908, 457–474

The Nature of Existence, 2 vols.,…

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Schütt, Hans-Peter, “MacTaggart, John Ellis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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