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Bertrand Russell: Science and philosophy

My chum and Russell scholar par excellence has this piece in the TLS. As Wittgenstein sums up Russell’s insight, “Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity”. Something similar might be said of science as well. Analytic philosophyAndrew Irvinebertrand russellLiberalismphilosophical logicPhilosophyscience

Stove’s On Enlightenment

Ever the delicious philosophical provocateur David Stove has his book On Enlightenment freely available online (not posted by me gov!). My chum Andrew Irvine is the editor. Mention Stove in class or in a paper (assuming that there are those who have heard of him) and you’ll probably be sent to the gulag.   Andrew…

David Stove

Died on this day in 1994. A sure-fire way to wind up your colleagues on “plantation regressive” is to leave this book in plain sight or, for that matter, any Stove book would do the trick. If you like a cracking no-holds-barred philosophical polemic then Stove is the man for you (Stove might well have been the most…

Alfred North Whitehead

I notice that my chum Andrew Irvine has given his ANW entry on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy a revamp. Though probably best known (at least to the man on the Clapham omnibus) for the quote that “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato”…

Bertrand Russell

Born on this day. It just so happens that while writing on Herbert Simon today I was reminded of Russell who, on hearing from Simon about his “thinking machine” that proved theorems from Principia Mathematica, responded: “I am delighted to know that ‘Principia Mathematica’ can now be done by machinery. I wish Whitehead and I had known of this…

David Malet Armstrong

My chum Andrew Irvine has a terrific piece “David Armstrong and Australian Materialism” along with a Reader’s Guide in the latest issue of Quadrant. Andrew mentions that Armstrong attended Oakeshott’s History of Political Thought lectures earlier on his career when he had a stint at Birkbeck. I’d forgotten this unlikely connection: Armstrong had mentioned this to…

Socrates on Trial

I want to give a plug to my chum Andrew Irvine’s play Socrates on Trial. Of perennial interest it is a way of communicating important ideas in an accessible but compelling way. Here is a dedicated page with video footage and reviews. Andrew IrvineAristophanesAthensPlatoSocratesSpartaXenophon