Philosophy and Life

Essays on John Wisdom

  • İlham Dilman

Part of the Nijhoff International Philosophy Series book series (NIPS, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. John Wisdom
    Pages 27-34
  3. Karl Britton
    Pages 49-60
  4. A. I. Melden
    Pages 61-81
  5. Meirlys Lewis
    Pages 123-143
  6. İlham Dilman
    Pages 145-178
  7. Mike Brearley
    Pages 179-199
  8. Renford Bambrough
    Pages 201-217
  9. R. W. Newell
    Pages 219-240
  10. Peter Long
    Pages 271-289
  11. Roger A. Shiner
    Pages 291-315
  12. ilham Dilman
    Pages 317-345

About this book


JOHN WISDOM AND THE BREADTH OF PHILOSOPHY hham Dhman 1. THE ESSAYS IN THIS VOLUME The essays following the two pieces by John Wisdom have all been written by philosophers who are former students or friends of Wisdom or who have a high regard for his work. Their contributions were all written with him in mind and to be discussed at a conference honouring his work. This conference was held in August 1983 at Trinity College, Cambridge, of which Wisdom has been a fellow since 1935. Wisdom is a master of discursive reasoning and one of his distinctive contributions in philosophy has been to examine its various forms and their interconnections, particularly the form it takes in philosophical inquiry and the way it advances our understanding there. His concern to bring out the links between all that is abstract in such reasoning and the concrete and particular is well known and represented in many of the essays in this volume. But Wisdom has also a deep appreciation of the kind of understanding that is advanced non-discursively. As he puts it in the first piece in this volume: However skilled a good critic 'I am sure that much of what makes "Hamlet" "Hamlet" will run between his fingers'. He has himself advanced our understanding on many questions in philosophy in this way, not simply by what he has said, but also by what he has suggested 'between the lines'.


epistemology knowledge logic philosophy scepticism

Editors and affiliations

  • İlham Dilman
    • 1
  1. 1.University College of SwanseaUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-6186-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-6184-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4530
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