[hist-analytic] Roxbee and all the Coxes
Jlsperanza at aol.com
Jlsperanza at aol.com
Thu Jul 16 18:17:11 EDT 2009
Somerset and all the Maughams do it
let's do it -- let's fall in love. Coward apres Porter
In a message dated 7/16/2009 2:21:08 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
rh1 at york.ac.uk writes:
The Cox you mention was I think a Fellow of Lincoln; I met him once. Not
friend and contemporary Roxbee Cox (B.Phil, 1956, like me).
All the best,
Oh -- is that so!?
I actually keep correspondence with J. Roxbee Cox and we never talked
about that! J. Roxbee Cox sent me a nice letter from Lancaster, and I was too
polite to ask of his associations with Gilbert Ryle -- I'm glad I didn't!
James Roxbee Cox is a _genius_: I read his two papers on perception; I
especially enjoyed the contribution to the Lancaster symposium on Perception
which I think Warnock attended. Later still, I did get hold of Warnock's
book, Language and Morality, where further Griceana can be unburied.
Yesterday, browsing again Chapman's book -- (I was asking myself, why do I
rather read this book 5 more time than get a novel by _Julia_ Grice? Is
there something wrong with me or with (Julia) Grice?). Anyway, Chapman uses
the word 'retrospective', 'retrospective', 'retrospective'.
Apprently the idea of a, er, retrospective Warnock/Grice was in the works.
And among the Griceana filling those 14 cardboard boxes there is a
transcript of some _very_ recent Gricean thoughts (by Grice) as _spoken_ to Warner
and transcribed by Warner -- or maybe it just reads, "Dictated to Warner".
Grice had a lot of confidence on Warner. If someone were dictating to
_me_, I cannot think what would come out!
Anyway, alas Warnock died in the 1990s after a cruel (if that's the word)
fight with throat cancer -- M. Warnock recollects his last days, online.
I find the Warnock/Grice 'retrospective' a JEWEL -- and anyone seriously
interested in that should go to Roxbee Cox. Austin's _Sense and Sensibilia_
is also a must, and G. A. Paul. I recall that once I wrote a letter to G.
A. Paul. I got a letter back from the College,
"Dear Mr. Speranza
Sorry to inform you that G. A. Paul
died 45 years ago.
--- I mean, I possibly KNEW he was dead, but no harm trying! I mean, I
never read the obit. of the man, and Grice _loved_ him.
That would finish the 'philosophy of perception' thing, I hope:
Roxbee-Cox, Warnock, Austin, Grice, Paul -- and perhaps Snowdon. I recall mentioning
Snowdon in some correspondence with S. Clark, and he wrote back, "Snowdon
is _no_ relation to Armstrong who is a 'new' peer, anyway, just because he
was married to Maggie".
--- I actually held correspondence with Hampshire, and he told me:
"NO! Grice never attended the All Souls meetings"
I kept dreaming he _might_. But he confirmed all the other names, -- but
they escape me now. I must have that letter from Stanford that he sent
somewhere (I hope).
In any case, reading the Owens's obit of Ryle the mention of the Ryle
group interested, and as you say, there was this Cox (who HAS to be Lincoln --
I'm so no familiar with Lincoln!).
I think someone should sponsor a chair (in Helsinki of course) called,
"The Play Group". E.g. David Mitchell (Worcester Coll.) author of a _Logic_.
Who was he? I have his book and it's lovely, but we don't find a lot about
him anymore. Or one "Chalmers" (I think) author of another book on Logic.
Then there's Oscar P. Wood -- he did write to me from his house in
Hertfordshire explicating me the connection with the Grice quote in "Some remarks
about the senses". Since Wood compiled the book on Ryle (and I was
fascinated by his "Linguistic Rules" in the Arist. Soc.) I was interested. He
sounded as if he was _younger_ (or too young) to belong to the Ryle group.
Mabbott was a case. (A good one). Grice was _aware_ that Mabbott had
mentioned him in "Oxford Memories" -- which I got hold of. In two pages, Mabbott
finishes the Strawson/Grice thing -- specifying how Mabbott also 'tutored'
Strawson for a while (I think). And Mabbott _is_ listed, I think, by Owens
as a member of the Ryle Group.
-- In any case, I would think that Ryle was never so organised as Austin,
in his way, was -- and later Grice when he took the lead of the 'playgroup'
down to 1967. The playgroup starting meeting in different colleges, and
Warnock mentions that they felt at best when at St. John's -- looking like a
meeting of executives in an important business board. I have been to St.
John's, but I think I missed that room! There are new extensions now to the
College, and must say that in any case my taste is for small, damp rooms
that you can have an excuse to get out from and run for the "Lamb and Flag".
Incidentally, D. Frederick was saying: Strawson, the "Oxford-educated
man". What does he want?! I mean, people HAVE to be educated _somewhere_. In
any case, it was the talk of the town (if not of the gown) that Strawson was
PPE not LitHum and that he, -- God forgive it! :) -- he had had a 'second'!
In any case I never saw anyone loving a student as much as Grice loved
Strawson! (Chapman recalls Grice recalling how Lady Ann (Martin) Strawon would
sometimes get slightly irritated that Grice would phone Strawson so late
J. L. Speranza
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