Bachelor of Arts, Stanford, 1931, Master of Arts, 1933. Doctor of Philosophy, University California at Berkeley, 1937.
Faculty, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1944-1974, professor philosophy, 1952-1974, department chairman, 1958-1964. Research secretary to governor California, 1959-1960. Vice-president Santa Barbara County Citizens Planning Association, 1961-1974.
Member California Democratic Central Committee, 1948, Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee, 1939-1974. Member American Philosophical Association, American, Association University Professors, American Political Science Association.
Married Bertha Wise, July 3, 1931. Children: William Basil, Jon Eric.