Samuel Alexander (1859-1938) was an Australian-born Bristish philosopher and prominent figure in early twentieth-century British philosophy. He is best known as one of the leading figures of British Emergentism, a movement that claimed that mind “emerges” from matter. After obtain- ing a first class degree in Greats at Balliol College, Oxford, Alexander was made a fellow of Lincoln College, where he developed an interest in psychology. He obtained a professorship at Owens College, Manchester in 1893 where he became a leading figure in the University. He was made a fellow of the British Academy in 1913 and appointed Gifford Lecturer at Glasgow in 1915. He later developed the Gifford Lectures into his best known work, Space, Time and Deity, which was published in two volumes in 1920.
Samuel Alexander was President of the Aristotelian Society from 1936 to 1937.