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Jo Wolff Jan 3
I'd be surprised if you found anything. In all my years in London philosophy I didn't know of Wisdom's association with LSE. Copying in
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Jo Wolff Jan 3
He may also have been confused with John Watkins at LSE. One of my teachers at UCL, J.L. Watling, a philosopher of science, was also sometimes confused with Watkins. Far too many philosophers with the initials JW.
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David Papineau
OTHERWISE, adj. Knowing the difference between two philosophers with identical interests and the same name, hence otherwisdom, n. (Indy obit J. O. WISDOM: 'To the confusion of some he shared both interests and apposite surname with cousin Cambridge prof J. A. T. D. Wisdom')
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IrishPhilosophy Jan 30
Hah! Spent so much time looking for this to quote in my post :-D
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Jo Wolff Jan 30
Hm, wondering which of them drafted that? Reminds me of Russell's 'I thought you boat was bigger than that it is.' 'No, my boat is not bigger than it is'.
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Jeremy Stangroom Jan 31
It was Bertie's idea - first floated in a letter (18 Feb 1959), in response to a letter from Russell of Liverpool, which included a part of a letter which he (Liverpool) had been sent, where the writer had mixed them up. Publication sorted out by letter over the next few days.
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David Papineau Jan 31
Locke, v. To mistake a contemporary philosopher with an earlier philosopher of the same name. "I'm afraid you have David and C. I. Lewis locked"; hence, to unlocke, to become otherwise (q.v.). [What happened to Don Locke, who wrote so many philosophical things in the 1970s?]
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Adrian Tahourdin Feb 4
Wisdoms that pass all understanding.
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