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RICHARD LEWIS NETTLESHIP (1846-1892), English philosopher, youngest brother of Henry Nettleship, was born on the 17th of December 1846, and educated at Uppingham and Balliol College, Oxford, where he held a scholarship. He won the Hertford scholarship, the Ireland, the Gaisford Greek verse prize, a Craven scholarship and the Arnold prize, but took only a second class in Litterae Humaniores. He became fellow and tutor of his college and succeeded to the work of T. H. Green, whose writings he edited with a memoir (London, 1880). He left an unfinished work on Plato, part of which was published after his death, together with his lectures on logic and some essays. His thought was idealistic and Hegelian. His literary style was excellent; but, though he had considerable personal influence on his generation at Oxford, a certain nebulousness of view prevented his making any permanent contribution to philosophy. He was fond of music and outdoor sports, and rowed in his college boat. He died on the 25th of August 1892, from the effects of exposure on Mont Blanc, and was buried at Chamounix.

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