Remembered for Spaces and Times (1962), The Nature of Things (1973), and Thoughts and Thinkers (1982), this prominent British philosopher and author subscribed to the metaphysical philosophical notion of nominalism. During the 1970s, he served as President of both the Aristotelian Society and Trinity College, Oxford.
In his early adulthood, after graduating from Christ Church, Oxford, and briefly serving in the Royal Air Force, he was a fellow at Oxford University's New College and All Souls colleges.
In the early 1980s, he was given the title of Baron Quinton.
The son of a Royal Navy officer father, he spent the bulk of his youth in Buckinghamshire, England. His marriage to Marcelle Wegier resulted in two children.
Australian philosopher David Malet Armstrong voiced his objection to Quinton's nominalist philosophy.