Emeritus Professor Roy Holland

Colleagues will be very sorry to learn of the death, on 5 March 2013, of Emeritus Professor Roy Holland.

Having held a series of academic appointments at the University College of Swansea and the University of Leicester, Professor Holland became Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at Leeds in July 1967.  A philosopher of considerable distinction, his interests ranged widely over ethics and political and social philosophy. 

A collection of his essays Against Empiricism: On Education, Epistemology and Value was published to critical acclaim in 1980; it covers a broad spectrum of philosophical problems, including the philosophy of education, ethics, and metaphysics and religion.  Professor Holland also devised and edited a highly influential series of monographs, Studies in Philosophical Psychology.  His high standing among his peers was reflected in a number of external distinctions, including election as President of the Aristotelian Society (1981-82) and President of the Mind Association (1985-86).

Professor Holland retired in 1983 but retained an association with the Department for many years, initially as Senior Fellow and thereafter as Honorary Lecturer. 

A Requiem Mass will be held at 10.30am on Monday 18 March at the Church of Assumption, Spen Lane, LS16 5EL.  Family flowers only please; there will be a plate for donations at the service itself.

An obituary is being prepared.

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