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Joseph Rickaby

Joseph John Rickaby (1845-1932) was an English Jesuit priest and philosopher.


He was born in 1845 in Everingham, York. He received his education at Stonyhurst College, and was ordained in 1877, one of the so-called Stonyhurst Philosophers, along with Richard F. Clarke, Herbert Lucas, and his own brother, John Rickaby.[1] a significant group for neo-scholasticism in England.[2] At the time he was at St Beuno's, he was on friendly terms with Gerard Manley Hopkins;[3] they were ordained on the same day.

He was affiliated with Clarke's Hall in Worcester College, Oxford. He would deliver conferences to Catholic undergraduates of Oxford and Cambridge.[4][5] His work is quoted by Charles E. Raven in Science, Religion, and The Future (1943, p. 9).



  1. ^ Jill Muller, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Victorian Catholicism: A Heart in Hiding (2003), p. 89
  2. ^ "CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Neo-Scholasticism".
  3. ^ Joseph J. Feeney, The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins (2008), p. 18.
  4. ^ Francis Cowley Burnand, The Catholic Who's who and Yearbook, Burns & Oates, 1908.
  5. ^ "Free will and four English philosophers : Hobbes, Locke, Hume and Mill /".

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