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Jo Wolff 3 Jan 19
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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Phil I 3 Jan 19
J.O. Wisdom [sometimes confused with Cambridge cousin JATD] was lecturer then reader at LSE -indeed, at one point, he and Popper were the only 2 philosophers at LSE.. - there's a journal 'in mem' - don't have URL to hand but this has its details at bottom
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Jo Wolff 3 Jan 19
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 30 Jan 19
Hah! Spent so much time looking for this to quote in my post :-D
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David Papineau 31 Jan 19
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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Phil I 30 Jan 19
'neither of us is the other' - from letters page of February 28 1959.. [h/t ]
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Jo Wolff 30 Jan 19
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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Phil I 3 Feb 19
"that two bearers of the name should be contemporary philosophers passes beyond ..the reasonable.. But it must be none the less insisted that J. O. Wisdom of the L.S.E ..is not identical with his cousin Professor John Wisdom.. of Cambridge" - John Passmore
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Adrian Tahourdin 4 Feb 19
Wisdoms that pass all understanding.
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