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Memoir

Robert Mark Wenley
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Robert Mark Wenley was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 19,1861, son of James Adams and Jemima Isabella (Veitch) Wenley. His father, sometime a treasurer of the Bank of England and president of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland, was of East Anglican, originally Norman French descent. His mother was of Lowland or Border Scottish ancestry. He is closely related to the families of Romanes and Sibbald.

His early education was obtained in a preparatory school at Edinburgh, and later at the Park School and High School at Glasgow. He took the degree of Master of Arts at Glasgow in 1884, having been three times gold medalist, and also university medalist in Philosophy. From 1884 to 1888 he was a Fellow at Glasgow. He pursued post-graduate studies at Edinburgh and received the degree of Doctor of Science there in 1891. In 1895 he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Glasgow, and in 1901 the degree of Doctor of Laws.

From 1885 to 1893 he was Assistant Professor of Logic at Glasgow; and from 1886 to 1895 was Lecturer on Logic and Moral Philosophy in Queen Margaret College, Glasgow. He was Lecturer on Metaphysics at Glasgow from 1892 to 1895, and Degree Examiner on Mental Philosophy from 1888 to 1891. Since 1896 he has been Professor of Philosophy in the University of Michigan. In 1899 and again in 1901 he gave courses of lecturers in the Hartford Theological Seminary.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and of the Royal Society of Literature. He is a member of the Aristotelian Society, and the American Psychological Association; also of the Section for History of Religion in the American Oriental Society. From 1892 to 1895 he was on the council of the Goethe Society of London. From 1891 to 1896 he was secretary of Glasgow University Extension Board, and Dean of the Arts Department of Queen Margaret College.

Besides numerous magazine articles and reviews, he has published the following: “Socrates and Christ” (1889); “Aspects of Pessimism” (1897); “An Outline Introductory to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason” (1897); “The Preparation for Christianity in the Ancient World” (1898). In 1895 he edited with memoir “Veitch’s “Monism and Dualism.” He was also an associate editor of Baldwin’s “Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology.”

On April 25, 1889, he was married to Catherine Dickson Gibson, daughter of Archibald Gibson, Esq., and they have five children: Margaret, James Mark, Catherine Dickson, Jemima Veitch, and Archibald Gibson.