William Thompson (philosopher), Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


William Thompson (philosopher)

philosopher and political writer from Ireland

Date of Birth: 30-Jun-1775

Place of Birth: Cork, Munster, Ireland

Date of Death: 28-Mar-1833

Profession: politician, economist, philosopher

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About William Thompson (philosopher)

  • William Thompson (1775 – 28 March 1833) was an Irish political and philosophical writer and social reformer, developing from utilitarianism into an early critic of capitalist exploitation whose ideas influenced the Cooperative, Trade Union and Chartist movements as well as Karl Marx.
  • Born into the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy of wealthy landowners and merchants of Cork society, his attempt to will his estate to the cooperative movement after his death sparked a long court case as his family fought successfully to have the will annulled.
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  • Craig, this decision to will his estate to the cooperative movement was taken after a visit to the pioneering Ralahine Commune.
  • Marxist James Connolly described him as the "first Irish socialist" and a forerunner to Marx.
  • Marx cited Thompson in his works and was an influence upon Marx's thought (see below).

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