Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Thinking legacies

Great teachers leave many legacies and I am sure that this is true of Peter Lipton who died when playing squash in November last year. He was the Head of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge and a famously exciting lecturer. The Guardian obituary reports that when asked on www.askphilosophers.org what the purpose of philosophy was he responded that "reading the philosophical questions on the site might make you more aware, thinking about them just might make you more intelligent."

I like the note of decent doubt which the "just" implies, signifying very low probability but nevertheless holding out rewards. Think about risk and who knows?

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