Who is Arthur Aston Luce?December 13, 2020
Arthur Aston Luce (August 21, 1882 – June 28, 1977). Professor of philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral was the choir chairman between 1952-1973. During his lifetime, he held many clergy positions and from 1946 to 1952 he was vice dean of Trinity College. The philosopher George Berkeley’s influence on Luce was notorious. His teaching at Trinity College from 1912 to 1977 is a record.
Luce was born on August 21, 1882 in Gloucester. They were the fourth children of Pastor John James Luce and Alice Luce. After studying at Lindley Lodge School and Eastbourne College, he entered Trinity College in 1901. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1905, his bachelor’s degree in running a church in 1908, and his master’s degree in 1911.
Luce’s early work was theological issues related to Christianity. He stopped his studies due to World War I and joined the war. In 1917, he was awarded the decoration for his success in the war. After the war, in 1921, he published a book called “Monophysitism Past and Present”, in which he described Jesus’ relationship with the world. The next year, he published his book, which he compiled from the notes of his lectures on Henri Bergson, in which he talked about psychology and evolution as well as religion.
In the 1930s, Luce became interested in another Irish philosopher, George Berkeley. The professor found Berkeley’s work incomplete in many respects and sometimes incorrect. As well as existing sources, new sources on Berkeley he discovered guided Luce’s work.
Luce also emphasized the influence of French priest Malebranche on young Berkeley in her work “Berkeley and Malebranche” (1934).
Berkeley’s mature philosophy was understandably explained in Luce’s 1945 work “Berkeley’s Immaterialism”. In addition, he produced “The Works of George Berkeley” with Thomas Edmund Jessop. The professor was not just a Berkeley expert. He also believed in Berkeleyism.
Because of Berkeley’s personal reputation among historians and the public, Luce felt obliged to revise and update the philosopher as well. Some of Berkeley’s work also increased his reputation as a dreamer and loner-loving man who hid his true views. Luce’s “Life of George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne” (1949) is known as a book that takes this image of Berkeley out of this man, carefully creating a new man.
In 1918, Luce married Lilian Mary Thomson, and the couple had three children. In 1940, his wife and daughter tragically drowned. His academic studies and numerous administrative and religious titles gave him local and international fame. He was revered as a good preacher and a respected teacher. Chess and fishing were two of his hobbies. His writing on fishing, Fishing and Thinking, was published in 1959. He passed away on June 28, 1977, shortly after being attacked.
Source: Atatürk University Department of Sociology 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 3rd Year “History of Contemporary Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM)