David Bostock (philosopher)

David Bostock (1936 – 29 October 2019) was a British philosopher and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford.

Background, education and careerEdit

Bostock was one of four children of Edward and Alice Bostock. He was educated at Amesbury School in Hindhead, Surrey, and at Charterhouse School, [1] before undertaking his National Service as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Surrey Regiment.[2] Having read Literae Humaniores at St John’s College, Oxford, and after stipendiary posts at Leicester University (1963), the Australian National University at Canberra (1964) and Harvard University (1967), Bostock served as a Fellow and Tutor in philosophy at Merton College, Oxford between 1968 and his retirement in 2004.


Bostock wrote extensively on a range of philosophical issues, with particular focus on ancient philosophy. His publications included:

  • Logic and Arithmetic (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1974)
  • Plato's Phaedo (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1986)
  • Plato's Theaetetus (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1988)
  • Aristotle's Metaphysics: Books Z and H (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1994)
  • Introduction and notes in Aristotle's Aristotle’s Physics (translated by Robin Waterfield) (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1996)
  • Intermediate Logic (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1997),
  • Aristotle's Ethics (New York, Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • On Motivating Higher-Order Logic, in Studies in the Philosophy of Logic and Knowledge (ed. Baldwin & Smiley, Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • The Interpretation of Plato’s Crito, in Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology, and Crito (ed. Kamtekar; Bowman & Littlefield, 2005)
  • Space, Time, Matter, and Form: Essays on Aristotle's Physics (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 2006)
  • Philosophy of Mathematics: An Introduction (Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
  • Aristotle’s Philosophy of Mathematics, in The Oxford Handbook of Aristotle (ed. Shields; Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Russell's Logical Atomism (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012)


In 1961 Bostock married, first, Jenny Lawton (died 1996), by whom he had two children, Timothy and Penelope. In 2002 he married, secondly, Rosanne, the daughter of Colonel Atherton George ffolliott Powell.[3]

David Bostock died on 29 October 2019.[4]


  1. ^ Roland Bostock, David Bostock (1936), Genealogy of the Bostock and Bostwick Families (accessed on 17 December 2018)
  2. ^ Supplement to the London Gazette, 28 August, 1956, at page 4911
  3. ^ Michael Race, Rosanne Bostock, The Oxford Times, 6 April 2017
  4. ^ "In Memoriam: David Bostock". University of Oxford Faculty of Philosophy. Retrieved 4 November 2019.