H. S. (Henry Silton) Harris, author and educator, was born on 11 April 1926 in Brighton England. He received his B. A. (Literae Humaniores) in classics and philosophy from Oxford University in 1949, his M. A. in 1952 and his Ph.D. (philosophy) in 1954 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Following a teaching career at the University of Illinois and at Ohio State University (1951-1961), Harris joined the Philosophy Department at York University, Toronto in 1962. He served as Academic Dean of Glendon College, 1967-1969 and was awarded the title Distinguished Research Professor in 1984. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1988; received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from York University in June 2001 and was inducted the same year into York University's Founders' Honour Society in recognition of his contribution to York's early development. He retired from York in 1996 and lived in Victoria, British Columbia.

Harris was a prolific scholar and an acknowledged authority on the philosophy of Giovanni Gentile and G.W.F. Hegel. He was the author of several books, articles and book chapters on Hegel including Hegel's Development I: Toward the Sunlight (1770-1801), published in 1972; Hegel's Development II: Night Thoughts (Jena 1801-1806), published in 1983; and Hegel's Ladder (Volume 1: The Pilgrimage of Reason; Volume 2: The Odyssey of Spirit) on Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit , published in 1997.

In addition, Harris prepared several translations with others of Hegel's works to which he added textual notes and introductions including System of Ethical Life and First Philosophy of Spirit, (1979), Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, (1984-87) and Encyclopedia Logic with the Zusätze, (1991). He was unable to see to press manuscripts on Pre-platonic philosophy, Plato, Dante, Goethe, Blake and Hegel and a large collection of articles on philosophy and literature.

Professor Harris died in Victoria on 13 March 2007.

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  • Language Policy and Education in Canada 

    Burnaby, Barbara (Kluwer - Dordrecht, 2007)
  • Lecture Notes for a course on Hegel’s "Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion" 

    Harris, H. S. (Sep-95)
    These course notes are for a study of all surviving texts concerned with Hegel’s lectures on the philosophy of religion. Particular attention is given to the Lectures of 1827, but the evolution of Hegel’s thought from 1821 ...
  • The World That Has Lost Itself 

    Harris, H. S. (Literary Review of Canada, Dec-95)
    An essay on ‘cultural dispossession’ that examines the consequences of a society that is ignorant of its tradition and some proposed remedies.
  • The Right Answer to Pontius Pilate 

    Harris, H. S. (Coronado Press, Lawrence, Kansas, 1970)
    The basic position underlying the argument here stated is that rationality, the distinguishing characteristic of homo sapiens is a social product and that man could not be a rational animal if he were not already a social one.
  • Corrections and Revisions made to the A. V. Miller translation of Hegel’s "Phenomenology of Spirit". 

    Harris, H. S. (1978)
    Corrections and revisions listed with paragraph references prepared by H. S. Harris in 1978 following the translation of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit by Arnold Miller by Oxford University Press, 1977.
  • Glendon College, spring convocation 

    York University Official Photographer (Office of the President, 2001-06-08)
  • Glendon College, spring convocation 

    York University Official Photographer (Office of the President, 2001-06-08)
  • Lecture Notes for Course on Hegel’s Encyclopedia Logic 

    Harris, H. S. (1993)
    An analysis and discussion of almost every paragraph and the remarks and additions of the third edition (1830) of Hegel’s Encyclopedia Logic showing that Hegel’s logic is the developing structure of the rational self in ...
  • The Daughters of Memory 

    Harris, H. S. (Rinascita della Scuola, 1988)
    An essay on the nature, function and guiding principles of undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences with particular reference to the nature of rational communication.
  • Glendon College Papers 

    Harris, H. S. (Pro Tem [1 and 3]; Canadian Institute for Public Affairs [2], 1967)
    Author makes a minor contribution to the history and mission of Glendon College through the prism of his own association and the aims of education.
  • Not Said But Shown 

    Harris, H. S. (2007-02-26)
    Through the study of selected works of literature the author seeks what they show to be philosophically interesting without it being said to be so in these works.
  • The Reign of the Whirlwind 

    Harris, H. S. (1999)
    This work sets out to trace the continuous development of thought from the Homeric poems to Socrates and later interpretations of this history.
  • The Logical Origin of the “Hegel Myth” 

    Harris, H. S. (1996-04-12)
    A candid and spirited discussion of “To him who looks at the world rationally the world looks rationally back".
  • The Institute for Philosophical Studies in Naples 

    Harris, H. S. (Editioni Arti Grafiche Boccia s. r. l. Fuorni - Salerno, Dec-88)
    A review of the mission and activities of the Italian Institute of Philosophical Studies and the School of Advanced Studies in Naples.
  • Would Hegel Be A 'Hegelian' Today? 

    Harris, H. S. (1980-10-02)
    Discussion of whether it is possible to be a Hegelian today. Author replies in the affirmative and what it means to be a Hegelian today.
  • Gentlemen and Players 

    Harris, H. S. (1991)
    Using terms from the game of cricket and Greek philosophy author sets out the ideals of human life.
  • Memo to York Gazette of 15 February 1972 

    Harris, H. S. (York Gazette, 1972)
    Author’s short outline of his book that provides an intellectual biography of Hegel from the Gymnasium years until his first academic post in Jena.
  • Application for Killam Fellowship 

    Harris, H. S. (1990-06-19)
    To demonstrate the form and progress of the argument made by Hegel in his Phenomenology of Spirit of 1807.
  • The Philosophy of Hegel 

    Harris, H. S. (Garland Publishing, New York, NY, 1984)
    General introduction and short reviews for 17 publications on the philosophy of Hegel.

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