Baker Brownell Biography

Baker Brownell (December 12, 1887 – April 5, 1965) was an American philosopher.

Brownell was born in St. Charles, Illinois, the fifth of six children of Eugene A. and Esther Burr Baker Brownell. The future American philosopher grew up in St. Charles, Illinois, where he graduated from St. Charles High School.
Brownell attended five universities - the University of Washington (1906-1907); Northwestern University (1907-1909); Harvard University (1909-1913); University of Tübingen (1912-1913), and Cambridge University, England (1913).

While at Harvard Brownell took classes with Josiah Royce and George Santayana, and met William James, who had already retired from Harvard.

Brownell received a B.A. in philosophy from Northwestern in 1910, after completing his last year of undergraduate work at Harvard. He received an M.A. in philosophy from Harvard in 1911. In 1912-1913, as a recipient of the James Walker Traveling Fellow in Philosophy (awarded by Harvard), he attended Tübingen University in Germany and Cambridge University, where he became acquainted with Bertrand Russell.