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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…

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…