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Geoffrey Warnock : biography

16 August 1923 - 8 October 1995

Sir Geoffrey James Warnock (16 August 1923 – 8 October 1995) was a philosopher and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Before his knighthood (in the 1986 New Year Honours), he was commonly known as G. J. Warnock.


Warnock was born in Leeds, in northern England, and was educated at Winchester College. He then served with the Irish Guards until 1945, before entering New College, Oxford, with a classics scholarship. He was elected to a Fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1949. After spending three years at Brasenose College, he returned to Magdalen as a Fellow and tutor in philosophy. In 1970, he was elected to Principal of Hertford College, Oxford (1971–1988), where there is now a society and student house named after him., Hertford College, Oxford, UK. He was also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1981 to 1985.

Warnock married Mary Warnock, a philosophy fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford, and later Baroness Warnock, in 1949. They had two sons and three daughters. He retired to live near Marlborough, Wiltshire, in 1988 and died in 1995 at Axford in Wiltshire.


  • Berkeley, Penguin Books, 1953.
  • English Philosophy Since 1900, 1st edition, Oxford University Press, 1958; 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 1969.
  • Contemporary Moral Philosophy (New studies in ethics), Palgrave Macmillan, 1967. ISBN 978-0333048979.
  • The Object of Morality, Methuen, 1971. ISBN 0-416-13780-6.
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