Sekyra and White's Professorship of Moral Philosophy

The White's Chair of Moral Philosophy was endowed in 1621 by Thomas White (c. 1550–1624), Canon of Christ Church as the oldest professorial post in philosophy at the University of Oxford.[1]

In 2021, the chair was renamed the Sekyra and White’s Professorship of Moral Philosophy following a gift from the Sekyra Foundation.[2]

Under the original agreement, the professorship was to receive a stipend of £100 per annum, along with other payments and emoluments. The chair was not to be held for more than five years, or at the most ten years. In 1673, a practice began of electing one of the proctors, usually the senior, to the office; in course of time the lectures were entirely dropped; and at length the Professorship was so far forgotten, that it was never mentioned in the Oxford Calendar before the year 1831, the practice having continued, with one exception, until February 1829.

The professorship was established on a new footing by a statute approved by the Queen in Council in 1858. As a result of statutes made by the Commissioners of 1877, the professorship is now attached with a fellowship with Corpus Christi College.

The Sekyra and White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy leads the study and development of moral philosophy within Oxford and supervises doctoral and Master’s students in the subject. The postholder also chairs the Oxford Moral Philosophy Seminar, which has hosted the world’s leading moral philosophers in recent decades. Previous holders of the Chair have contributed to debates around the biggest challenges facing humanity.

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  • Oxford University Archives, The Historical Register of the University of Oxford , 1220–1900

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  1. ^ "Oldest professorship in philosophy renamed after 400th anniversary donation". Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  2. ^ University of Oxford News Office, Oldest professorship in philosophy renamed after 400th anniversary donation, 22 October 2021
  3. ^ Lee, Sidney, ed. (1896). "Price, William (1597–1646)" . Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 46. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 342.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Anthony à Wood (1796). The History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford: In Two Books. editor. pp. 873–4.
  5. ^ "Fulham, Edward (FLHN632E)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  6. ^ "Gisbye, George (GSBY631G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.