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A great philosopher has died: David Malet Armstrong

#1  Postby Teuton » May 16, 2014 3:32 am

"ARMSTRONG, David Malet, AO. F.B.A
08.07.1926 - 13.05.2014
Died peacefully on Tuesday morning after a long illness endured with grace and dignity. Beloved husband of Jenny, brother to Philip and Suzanne. Devoted step-father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Friend, colleague and inspiration to many."


http://tributes.smh.com.au/obituaries/s ... =171020943

"David Malet Armstrong has a claim to being the greatest philosopher produced by the young and vast country of Australia. It is primarily through his work that Australian philosophy, and Australian metaphysics in particular, enjoys such a high reputation in the rest of the world."

(Mumford, Stephen. David Armstrong. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007. p. vii)

"David Armstrong, Great Mind, Great Man:
Death has claimed Australia's most distinguished philosopher, a loss felt all the more keenly at Quadrant, in whose cause the holder of the Challis Chair at Sydney University laboured with a passion to see preserved and grow. David Malet Armstrong, the philosopher, died on Tuesday 13 May, aged 87. He passed away peacefully during the night at the Ashfield nursing home in Sydney where he had been living since late 2013. He was Australia’s most distinguished philosopher and one of the most influential in his field around the world. As Andrew Irvine wrote in Quadrant in March this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of David’s appointment to the University of Sydney’s fabled Challis Chair of Philosophy: “Without qualification, he was one of the twentieth century’s most influential thinkers.”…"


https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2014/05/david-armstrong-great-philosopher-great-man/

"David Armstrong and Australian Materialism:
Australian materialism didn’t begin with David Armstrong. That honour goes to the first Australian philosopher of note, Samuel Alexander. But in Armstrong, materialism (or physicalism as he calls his more mature view) has found its most articulate and persuasive advocate. As David Stove notes in his remarks commemorating Armstrong’s retirement, there is in fact hardly any comparison. Armstrong’s influence has been enormous. The department where he taught for decades was known around the world simply as Armstrong’s department. Fifty years after his appointment to Sydney’s fabled Challis Chair of Philosophy, he remains Australia’s most important philosopher. Without qualification, he has been one of the twentieth century’s most influential thinkers.…"


http://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2014/03/david-armstrong-australian-materialism/
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Re: A great philosopher has died: David Malet Armstrong

#2  Postby Teuton » May 16, 2014 4:16 am

For example, listen to Armstrong's 2004 Pufendorf lecture on the Scope and Limits of Human Knowledge:

http://www.pufendorf.se/recordings/puf_2004_1.mp3

Transcript: http://www.pufendorf.se/2004_lecture_1.html
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#3  Postby SpeedOfSound » May 16, 2014 9:26 am

Damn.
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