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News: Summer 1991
Philosophy in Britain
Philosophy in Britain is the name of a new organisation which has just been set up “to promote the place of philosophy in the public and intellectual life of this country”. (See letters page)
The organisation is based at Leeds University Philosophy Department but already has members around the country. We hope to bring you more news of the activities of this admirable association in Issue 2.
Wittgenstein In the News
In March several newspapers including the Daily Telegraph and the Sun ran stories casting aspersions on the sanity of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Some psychiatrists had announced that the style of Wittgenstein’s writings (particularly the Philosophical Investigations) was typical of an individual suffering from schizophrenia.
Apparently the features which gave the game away were the disjointed sentences, and the fact that the writings “have a superficial air of deep significance but on close examination turn out to be confusing and meaningless”.
Readers are reminded that psychiatrists once found the Nobel Prize-winning American physicist Richard Feynman unfit for service in the U.S. Army on the grounds of mental deficiency.
It’s not easy being a psychiatrist.