Dudley Knowles obituary

My colleague, Dudley Knowles, who has died of cancer aged 67, was an influential political philosopher and Hegel scholar. Amongst his publications, Political Philosophy (2001) remains a broadly read through textbook. His most crucial contribution was Hegel and the Philosophy of Appropriate (2002), a review of Components of the Philosophy of Proper, the function in which Hegel sets out most completely his moral and political philosophy.

Dudley’s comprehending of Hegel arose from a specified temperamental affinity with his underlying liberal-communitarian ethics. Politically, Dudley was a 1-nation social democrat extended before the thought of one-nation politics was taken up on the left. Emotionally, he was often an outdated-Labour northerner.

He was born in Penwortham, Lancashire, the son of Margaret (nee Southward) and Arthur Knowles. Dudley and his twin brother, David, spent their free time as schoolboys walking and climbing in the Pennines and the Lake District. At the age of 16, they became members of the newly formed Pennine rescue group.

From Kirkham grammar school, Dudley went in 1966 to St John’s School, Oxford, moving the following yr to the then Bedford School in the University of London. He invested his vacations in Glencoe, operating at the Clachaig Inn, where he met his wife, Anne. They married in 1968. David also studied at London University, and following they graduated the brothers went to reside in Glencoe. Dudley grew to become manager of the Clachaig Inn, and David worked as a skilled mountaineer and guidebook. They each joined the Glencoe mountain rescue staff. Numerous of its members were local shepherds with whom Dudley forged lifelong friendships.

In Glencoe he studied for an MLitt at Glasgow University. On completing it, he accepted the supply of a lectureship in the university’s philosophy division. He and Anne, with their daughter, Katy, moved to Glasgow shortly soon after the death of their infant son, Graham. Their second daughter, Helen, was born there in 1974. Later on in the 12 months, David died, aged 27, in an accident on the north encounter of the Eiger, whilst filming The Eiger Sanction.

As professor of political philosophy at Glasgow, Dudley demonstrated great kindness and decency, but also a shrewdness about folks that stood him in excellent stead as head of department and as warden of the Queen Margaret hall of residence.

Right after 38 many years at the university, he retired in 2011 with Anne to Hassocks, West Sussex, to be near their daughters, carrying out surveys for the British Believe in for Ornithology and exploring the Sussex Downs.

He is survived by his wife, daughters and 5 grandchildren.

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