Tuesday 3 January 2012

Death of Professor Sir Michael Dummett

                                            27 June 1925 – 27 December 2011 RIP

A not unusual, but still unfortunate aspect of holiday periods is that one finds out, on return to the real world, that whilst the merrymaking was in full flight, someone has quietly passed from this world into the next.

The death of Sir Michael Dummett, whilst, given his age, hardly tragic, is the passing of a major English philosopher and a major Catholic intellectual. Obituary from the Scotsman here and an appreciation -and reflections inspired by Dummett's life on the general thinness of modern culture-  by John Haldane here.

He was a convert to Catholicism and was instructed and received into the Church by the Dominicans in Edinburgh.

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