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Oliver Letwin Reviews Oakeshott’s Notebooks

Oliver Letwin makes some elegant comments in The Spectator. And no, I for one would cringe at a statue of MO. The quotes below, especially the first, sound as if they came from the pen of Walker Percy. The Notebooks bring out this quality, letting us into some of the smouldering passions that lay behind…

Frank Plumpton Ramsey

Here is David Papineau’s review of PF Ramey’s sister’s memoir. (See also David Mellor, 1998. Ramsey, Frank Plumpton. In E. Craig (Ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London: Routledge.) For some geniuses, an early death accelerates the route to canonization. But for Ramsey it had the opposite effect. Ramsey’s death coincided with Ludwig Wittgenstein’s return to Cambridge after…

A. E. HOUSMAN

I’ve always described Housman’s intellect as akin to “wrestling with razor blades” as least in his classical scholarship. I chanced upon the The Housman Society which I’m pleased to see has been ticking along for almost 40 years. My first exposure to AEH’s austere intellect was through Gow’s A. E. Housman: A Sketch Together with a List of…