Biography of Herbert James Paton
Herbert James Paton
Herbert James Paton (1887-1969) was a University graduate who was Professor of Logic and Rhetoric from 1927 until 1937. He was Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1935 to 1937.
Born in Abernethy, Paton moved with his family to Glasgow and studied at the University, graduating MA with first class honours in Classics in 1908. He went to Balliol College, Oxford as a Snell Exhibitioner and took firsts in Classical Moderations (1909) and Literae Humaniores (1911). He was elected Fellow and Praelector in Classics and Philosophy at Queen's College, Oxford and was Dean of the College from 1917 to 1922, after serving in the Admiralty's Intelligence Division during the First World War.
Paton established a reputation as an authority on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, and his two-volume commentary on the first half of Kant's Kritik der reinen Vernunft, Kant's Metaphysic of Experience (1936) was an important work of philosophical scholarship. In 1937 he left Glasgow to become White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford and became a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.