Susan Stebbing

( 1885 - 1943 )


Susan Stebbing was a philosopher and the first female professor of philosophy in Britain.

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Susan Stebbing

Susan Stebbing, by Howard Coster, half-plate film negative, 1939, © National Portrait Gallery, London, CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0

In 1933 Susan Stebbing was appointed Professor of Philosophy at Bedford College, London - so becoming the first woman to hold a chair in this subject in Britain. She had studied first at the University of Cambridge, and went on to receive an MA from London in 1912.

After teaching at King's and Westfield colleges, she gained a permanent post at Bedford College in 1920. Stebbing was a specialist in analytical anti-metaphysical philosophy, and in mathematical or symbolic logic. Her style was accessible and humorous, and she was widely revered as an outstanding university teacher.

Affiliated with

Westfield College, London
King's College London
Bedford College, London

Subjects studied

  • Philosophy