[hist-analytic] Clarity Is Not Enough

Jlsperanza at aol.com Jlsperanza at aol.com
Fri Feb 20 22:58:32 EST 2009

And now to BED!!!! PROMISE!!!
Further to R. Hall's gracious offer for assistance,
I found:
Not enough -- Tindall 329 (7477): 1285 -- BMJ  
Nov 26, 2004 ...  Clarity and certainty are essential to surgeons in 
training, at least until they  discover that clarity is not enough and certainty does 
not exist. Le Vay D. The  life of Hugh Owen Thomas. Edinburgh: Livingstone, 
1956  ...
www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/329/7477/1285 - Similar pages
by AJ  Tindall - 2004
But I'm too lazy right now to find if H. H. Price could be quoting that  
brilliant quote above!
Did find loads about H. D. Lewis. Also, this German philosopher, "Block" I  
think his surname, cites the section of his book on analytic philosophy (but  
then he _is_ German) as: "Clarity is not enough!" sic with the odious "!", 
which  I cannot think was the tenor of an otherwise pleasant and polite H. H.  
There is a good entry for H. D. Lewis in the Dict. of Twentieth Century  
philosophers", by S. Brown. Brown fails to make it evident, though, that the  
phrase is Price's, though. Brown writes to the effect, "While Lewis thought that  
clarity was not enough, he deemed it pretty crucial". 
I still haven't found list of contents -- but would not think Lewis has  much 
of a say in the volume. I was also confused as to editions. It seems it's a  
very old book (1963) -- the amazon must be displaying a reprint. So I would 
not  think Lewis cared to check with Austin (1956) 'Plea for excuses'.

I was amused that Lewis was Jesus graduate with M.Phil, I believe. And  
London must be a very _big_ city to have such an eminence teaching _for years_  the 
'history of religion'... The man rests in peace in Wales now. He was Gifford  
lecturer, born 1910, d. 1992. 
In any case, it was an excellent sobriquet for a volume. The subtitle  
reading, "Essays in criticism of linguistic philosophy" -- but if this was 1963  we 
cannot say it had really started...
The entry did say he socialised with Price and Prichard -- and relates his  
religious views to his "North-Wales" upbringing. 
Okay so I have _just_ found list of contributors online --  in guess where: 
the people who know: book antiquarians!
447 pages of text including an index. 
essays by H. H. Price, C. D. Broad, Brand Blanshard, W. V. O. Quine, W. C.  
Kneale, A. C. Ewing, Max Black, Peter Heath, E. E. Harris, 
--- so we had left there, and then there's
C. A. Campbell -- ??
W. F. R. Hardie
     Grice's tutor, of Corpus Christi. Famous for his  book on Aristotle's 
moral theory. Very good friend of Grice. Taught him to play  golf. 
C. K. Grant
      A mystery to me. I am familiar with his  "Pragmatic Implication" -- if 
that's not 'linguistic philosophy' what is it? --  in _Philosophy_ (my 
favourite philosophy journal ever). I believe he _was_  Oxford (no other would have 
been interested in that type of 'implication' ) and  Chapman does discuss him 
in her book on Grice (Palgrave, 2006). I think he  settled in the North of 
England or North of Watford in any case. Birmingham  perhaps. 
J. N. Findlay
      Okay, so Bayne likes him too and quotes him  in his reminiscences of 
when A. P. A. was worth the try. Dennett has some good  line about this too:
findlay, n. An implement used in the exploration of caves. It is not known  
exactly what it is because it is only used in total darkness.
S. N. Hampshire, 
         Well, he thought he was a  celebrity of his own by then, with his 
brilliant "Thought and Action" -- which I  value higher than Anscombe's -- and 
very same year too!
          Sir Stuart (as he  then wasn't) _can_ be critical of 'linguistic 
philosophy' -- which he was soaked  in in the fifties. By the 60s he had seen 
the light!
H. D. Lewis
         the professor of religion,  that is.
and A. J. Ayer. 
       the enfant terrible. As Dennett notes,  Ayer is not really 
Anglo-Jewish but more like an Iberian:
ayer, v. (from Spanish, ayer, meaning yesterday) To oversimplify elegantly  
in the direction of a past generation. "Russell, in the Analysis of Mind, ayers 
 a behaviorist account of belief."
In this sense, he relates to Harvard:
santayana, n. A hot exhausting wind originating in the desert areas of  
--- Lewis was indeed editor of the Muirhead Library and to his credit he  got 
this prestigious bunch to stop the Austinian waves to inundate the safe  
barracks of academia, but he lost!
J. L. 

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