Walter Terence Stace

British civil servant, educator and philosopher

1886   -   1967

country of citizenship: United Kingdom
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: Trinity College Dublin, Fettes College
occupation: philosopher, educator, university teacher
award received: Ralph Waldo Emerson Award

Walter Terence Stace (17 November 1886 – 2 August 1967) was a British civil servant, educator, public philosopher and epistemologist, who wrote on Hegel, mysticism, and moral relativism. He worked with the Ceylon Civil Service from 1910 to 1932, and from 1932 to 1955 he was employed by Princeton University in the Department of Philosophy. He is most renowned for his work in the philosophy of mysticism, and for books like Mysticism and Philosophy (1960) and Teachings of the Mystics (1960). These works have been influential in the study of mysticism, but they have also been severely criticised for their lack of methodological rigor and their perennialist pre-assumptions.
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