[lit-ideas] david pears the soap heir was not a genius, he did however to his credit meet grice

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In a message dated 9/12/2015 6:03:55 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, rpaul@xxxxxxxx
writes:
Pears' commentary is about as long as the sum of Russell's eight lectures,
but it's often more informative.

That's because David Francis Pears was a genius!

He was in the Royal Artillery during the war, and was seriously injured in a
practice gas attack. On demobilisation, he studied classics at Balliol College,
Oxford, and developed an interest in current philosophy thanks to a lucky
accident.

He co-authored with Strawson and Grice, "Metaphysics" in "The Nature of
Metaphysics", minutes of the Third Programme of the BBC.

And he would spend whole mornings (well, Austin called them "Sat. Mngs") with
Grice discussing intending and voliting and willing and desiring. He considers
the implicatures of 'if' versus 'iff' in connection with 'freewill'
and he is the most apt person, possibly, to comment on Russell's rather obscure
"Logical Atomism" lectures. (Grice mentions that he thrived best, if that's
the expression, in collaboration: his collaboration with Sir Peter Strawson he
ranks first -- "our conversations were so minimal that third parties were left
in the dark"), but goes on to mention further collaborations with J. F.
Thomson (also of Christ Church), J. Baker, J. F. Staal, and G.
Myro -- AND Pears, "in the philosophy of action".

Pears rather saw himself as engaged in 'philosophical psychology' or philosophy
of mind, as his Duckworth collection of essays reads.

Cheers,

Speranza



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