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H. H. Price : biography

May 17, 1899 - November 26, 1984

Henry Habberley Price (17 May 1899 – 26 November 1984), usually cited as H. H. Price, was a Welsh philosopher, known for his work on perception. He also wrote on parapsychology.


  • Perception (1932)
  • Truth and Corrigibility (1936)
  • Hume's Theory of the External World (1940)
  • Thinking and Representation.(1946) Hertz Trust Philosophical lecture, British Academy
  • Thinking and Experience (1953; second edition, 1969)
  • Belief (1969) (1959-61 Gifford Lectures, )
  • Essays in the Philosophy of Religion, based on the Sarum lectures 1971 (1972)
  • Philosophical Interactions with Parapsychology: The Major Writings of H. H. Price on Parapsychology and Survival (1995) editor Frank B. Dilley
  • Collected Works of Henry H. Price (1996) four volumes, editor Martha Kneale
  • Thinking and Experience, and Some Aspects of the Conflict between Science and Religion (1996) reprints


  • Price, H. H. (1939). Haunting and the “psychic ether” hypothesis: With some preliminary reflections on the present condition and possible future of psychical research. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 45, 307–374.
  • Price, H. H. (1940). Some philosophical questions about telepathy and clairvoyance. Philosophy, 15, 363–374.
  • Price, H.H. (1947). Harold Arthur Prichard, Proceedings of the British Academy, XXXIII, 1947 [reprinted as pamphlet, 1-20]
  • Price, H. H. (1948). Psychical research and human personality. Hibbert Journal, 105–113.
  • Price, H. H. (1953). Survival and the idea of “another world.” Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 50, 1–125.
  • Price, H. H. (1959). Psychical research and human nature. Journal of Parapsychology, 23, 178–187.
  • Price, H. H. (1961). Apparitions: Two theories. Journal of Parapsychology, 24, 110–125.


Born in Neath, Glamorganshire, Wales, Price was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He obtained first-class honours in Literae Humaniores in 1921. He was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, 1922-4, Assistant Lecturer in philosophy at the university of Liverpool (1922-3), Fellow and Tutor of Trinity College Oxford (1924-35), Lecturer in philosophy at Oxford (1932-5) and Wykeham Professor of Logic and Fellow of New College (1935-59). Price was president of the Aristotelian Society from 1943 to 1944. He was elected to the British Academy in 1943.

Price is perhaps best known for his work on the philosophy of perception. He argues for a sophisticated sense-datum account, although he rejects phenomenalism. In his book Thinking and Experience, he moves from perception to thought and argues for a dispositionalist account of conceptual cognition. Concepts are held to be a kind of intellectual capacity, manifested in perceptual contexts as recognitional capacities. For Price, concepts are not some kind of mental entity or representation. The ultimate appeal is to a species of memory distinct from event recollection.

He died in Oxford.


Price had written various publications on parapsychology, often advocating new concepts and theories. He was President of the Society for Psychical Research (1939–40, 1960–1)


Price had speculated on the nature of the afterlife and developed his own hypothesis about what the afterlife may be like. According to Price after death the self will find itself in a dream world of memories and mental images from their life. Price wrote that the hypothetical "next world would be realms of real mental images." Price however believed that the self may be able to draw upon its memories of previous physical existence to create an environment of totally new images. According to Price, the dream world will not follow the laws of physics just as ordinary dreams do not. In addition, he wrote that each person will experience a world of their own, though he also wrote that the dream world doesn't necessarily have to be solipsistic as different selves may be able to communicate with each other by dream telepathy.Price, H. H., 1953. “Survival and the Idea of ‘ Another World’,” Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 50 (182): 1–25. Reprinted in John Hick (ed.), 1970. Classical and Contemporary Readings in the Philosophy of Religion, second edition, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, pp. 370–93. Page references to Hick 1970.Price, Hick, and Disembodied Existence, Bruce R. Reichenbach, Religious Studies, Vol. 15, No. 3 (Sep., 1979), pp. 317-325Toynvee, A., Mant, A.K., Smart, N., Hinton, J., Yudkin, S., Rhode, E., Heywood R., Price, H.H. (1968). Man’s Concern with Death. London, Great Britain: Hoddler and Stouhton.Christopher Moreman Beyond the Threshold: Afterlife Beliefs and Experiences in World Religions 2010, p. 270

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