Frederick James Eugene Woodbridge

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Frederick J.E. Woodbridge
Frederick James Eugene Woodbridge in 1935.jpg
Born(1867-03-26)March 26, 1867
DiedJune 1, 1940(1940-06-01) (aged 73)
EducationAmherst College
Union Theological Seminary
Frederick William University
ChildrenFrederick James Woodbridge
John Woodbridge
Donald Woodbridge
Helena Woodbridge

Frederick James Eugene Woodbridge (March 26, 1867 – June 1, 1940) was a teacher at various American universities. Woodbridge considered himself a naïve realist, deeply impressed with Santayana, he spent much of his career as dean of Columbia University, where a residence hall and a professorship in philosophy are named in his honor. He was editor of the Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods. David and Lillian Swenson, translators of some of the works of Søren Kierkegaard, dedicated Concluding Unscientific Postscript, (1941) to Professor Woodbridge.


He was born on March 26, 1867 in Windsor, Ontario to James Woodbridge and Melissa Ella Bingham. In 1869 his family moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 1885 he enrolled at Amherst College where he studied philosophy and religion under Charles Edward Garman, he graduated from Amherst in 1889 and then he enrolled at the Union Theological Seminary. In 1892 he left Union on a fellowship and went to Germany to study philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin, he returned to the United States in 1894. He took a teaching position at the University of Minnesota, he married Helena Belle Adams of Cincinnati, Ohio on June 25, 1895 in Chicago, Illinois.[1] They had 4 children, Frederick James Woodbridge, John Woodbridge, Donald Woodbridge, and Helena Woodbridge.[2]

In 1902 Woodbridge left the University of Minnesota for New York City and a position at Columbia University. In 1904 he co-founded with James McKeen Cattell, The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods. Woodbridge taught philosophy at Columbia from 1902 until 1912 when he became the university's Dean of the Faculties of Political Science, Philosophy, and Pure Science. In 1929 he retired as Dean but continued to teach, he retired from teaching in 1937, but he continued to edit The Journal of Philosophy until his death in 1940.[1]

He died on June 1, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, his funeral was at St. Paul's Chapel.[3]


  • The Purpose of History (1916)
  • The Realm of Mind (1926)
  • The Son of Apollo: Themes of Plato (1929)
  • Nature and Mind: Selected Essays (1937)
  • An Essay on Nature (1940)
  • Aristotle's Vision of Nature (ed. John H. Randall Jr., 1965)


  1. ^ a b "Frederick James Eugene Woodbridge". Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  2. ^ "Frederick Woodbridge Is Dead. Architect, 73, Served Columbia". New York Times. January 18, 1974. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  3. ^ "Rites For Dr. Woodbridge. Columbia Honors Former Dean of the Graduate Faculties". New York Times. June 4, 1940. Retrieved 2016-09-02.

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