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Philosopher, author; president, Society for Psychical Research, London, 1914. B. August 16, 1864, Ottensen, near Altona, Hamburg, Germany; d. August 6, 1937, Los Angeles, California. Educ. Rugby School; Balliol College, Oxford, M.A., D.Sc., LL.D. M. 1935, (Mrs.) Louise Luqueer Griswold. Instructor in philosophy, Cornell University, 1893-97; assistant tutor, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1897, tutor 1903-26; professor of philosophy, University of Southern California, 1929 (emeritus, 1936).

Dr. Schiller wrote his first contribution for the SPR Proceedings in 1900. An active member of the Society before and after his election as president in 1914, he was vice president from 1920 to 1928 and served for many years on the SPR Council. The empirical approach, objective outlook and wide knowledge of psychology that he applied to psychic research did much to stimulate outside interest in the subject, particularly among his fellow philosophers.

His best-know works are Riddles of the Sphinx (1891); Humanism (1903); Formal Logic, a Scientific and Social Problem (1912); Logic for Use (1929); Must Philosophers Disagree? (1934). In the SPR Proceedings, his articles included "On Some Philosophic Assumptions in the Investigation of the Problem of a Future Life" (Vol. 15, Part 36, 1900); "Philosophy, Science, and Psychical Research" (Presidential Address, Vol. 27, Part 69, 1915); "Review of Experimental in Psychical Research: the Leland Stanford Junior University's Psychical Research Monnograph No. 1 (Vol. 30, Part 76, 1918-19).

Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications



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