Alexander Bain - Philosopher Biography
(Scottish Philosopher and Educationalist)
Birthday: June 11, 1818 (Gemini)
Born In: Aberdeen, Scotland
Alexander Bain was a prominent philosopher and logician who excelled in the fields of psychology, linguistics, logic and moral philosophy. Many of his outstanding literary contributions like “The Senses and the Intellect”, “Mental and Moral Science”, “Education as a Science” and “The Emotions and the Will” brought him huge critical acclaim. He was the recipient of prestigious awards like the Blue Ribbon and the Gray Mathematical Bursary. His books titled “The Senses and the Intellect” and “The Emotions and the Will” helped him to gain a position among independent thinkers. To raise the standard of teaching of English language, he published several textbooks like “Higher English Grammar”, “An English Grammar”, “A First English Grammar” and so on. Under the editorship of George Croom Robertson, he contributed a number of articles for “Mind”, a philosophical journal. He even bore the expenses of its publication after Robertson resigned from the editorship. It was Bain who for the first time in the 19th Century’s Britain applied physiology for the clarification of mental states. He introduced the theory of psychophysical parallelism. He established a link between physiological and psychological processes. As part of his work, he endeavored to find the relation between mental and behavioral phenomena.