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References and Further Reading 1. Biographical Information Michael Dummett attended Sandroyd School and Winchester College, and served in the armed forces from to Although he was educated within the traditions of the Anglican Church at Winchester, by the age of 13 he regarded himself as an atheist.
In however, he was received into the Roman Catholic Church, and he remains a practising Catholic. An All Souls fellowship is perhaps the ultimate academic prize open to Oxford graduates, providing an ideal opportunity to engage in research without any of the pressure that comes from having to teach, or to produce a doctoral thesis within a set period of time.
In Oxford, he was Reader in Philosophy of Mathematics from until His first philosophical article was a book review, published in Mind in He has published many more articles since, most of which have been collected into three volumes.
Several of the articles published in the s and s are considered by some to be classics, but, at this time, some members of the philosophical community worried that his published output would never match his true potential. This was partly because of his perfectionism, and partly because, from tohe and his wife Ann chose to devote much of their time and energy to the fight against racism.
Inthey helped to found the Oxford Committee for Racial Integration, which soon affiliated to a newly formed national organization, the Committee Against Racial Discrimination on whose national executive committee he served. However, CARD was wracked with internal divisions, and after an acrimonious annual convention in Dummett concluded that a white person could play only an ancillary role in the fight against racism.
He did found a new organization, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants which focused specifically on immigration rights, but byhis work as an activist had been reduced sufficiently to allow a return to philosophical research, and he resumed the task of writing his first major work, Frege: The book was eventually published in and it was a watershed in the study of Frege.
Even so, the first edition was deficient in containing hardly any references to the text of Frege's work, a fault that was remedied in the second edition inpublished concurrently with The Interpretation of Frege's Philosophy, a book whose title is self-explanatory.
Between the first and second editions of Frege: Philosophy of Language, Dummett also published Elements of Intuitionism in a second edition was published inand his first collection of papers, Truth and Other Enigmas in Inhe accepted the position of Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford, which he held until his retirement in Although Dummett had been connected with Oxford for the whole of his professional career, he has also taught and studied outside England.
The William James Lectures that he delivered at Harvard in were published in as The Logical Basis of Metaphysics, his most detailed study of the debates between realists and anti-realists.
In the same year, he published his second collection of papers, Frege and Other Philosophers, and Frege: Philosophy of Mathematics, his long-awaited sequel to Frege: His third collection of papers, The Seas of Language, was published in The lectures he delivered at Bologna inentitled Origins of Analytical Philosophy, were published in in the journal Lingua e Stile.
The book was subsequently published in Italian inin French inand in English in Inhe delivered the Gifford Lectures in St. Andrews University, and these were published as Thought and Reality in Inhe published On Immigration and Refugees, which is in part a contribution to moral and political philosophy.
He also published works on voting systems and the history of card games, all of them subjects on which he was an authority.
He received a Knighthood in in recognition of his efforts to fight racism, as well as for his philosophical work. Dummett and Other Philosophers There is an intimate connection between Dummett's studies of the history of analytical philosophy and his own contributions to the field.
Much of his own work can only be understood as a response to other thinkers, who, he thinks, have set the agenda that analytical philosophers ought to follow.For some inexplicable reason, perhaps to do with Woodstock, kaftans, free love and the rest, the education department in Australia decided to abandon the teaching of grammar in the late sixties and didn’t start again, as far as I can tell, until the mid 80s.
Michael Dummett (—) Michael Dummett was one of the most influential British philosophers of his generation. His philosophical reputation is based partly on his studies of the history of analytical philosophy and partly on his own contributions to the philosophical study of logic, language, mathematics and metaphysics.
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