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News: Summer 1993

Historic Announcement

The British Society for the History of Philosophy has just started its own scholarly journal. Called, logically enough, the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, it is edited by Dr. John Rogers of the University of Keele and published by Thoemmes Press, of 85 Park St., Bristol. According to the editorial statement in the first issue, it will focus generally on the history of western philosophy, but with a slight emphasis on the history of British philosophy. Nonetheless, the first issue contains articles on Descartes, Spinoza and Heidegger. The journal will appear twice a year, in February and September.

Undesirable alien

The British Home Office decided to deport American anti-abortion campaigner Don Treshman on the grounds that “his presence in the country was not conducive to the public good.” He is alleged to have supported illegal acts by anti-abortionists in the States, and when interviewed on Newsnight he refused to condemn the recent murder of an abortionist in Florida. Mr. Treshman was allowed to stay in Britain pending an appeal against the decision.

Gimme That Old Time Religion

Education Secretary John Patten announced in March that he would consult church leaders about model syllabuses for religious education in schools. In a speech at the Metropole Hotel, Folkestone, he said : “Too many pupils are leaving school without a strong enough sense of values. Religious education has a vital role to play. It is not an optional add-on. Rather it should be seen as a fundamental part of school life, providing an essential opportunity for the undertaking of moral and spiritual values, and the difference between what is good and what is bad.”

Another Historic Announcement

Search Press have asked us to mention that they have just republished Copleston’s classic A History of Philosophy, an epic work whose nine volumes originally appeared between 1946 and 1976. Copleston remarked in the preface to the first volume that it was intended as a “history of philosophy from the standpoint of the scholastic philosopher”, but the work’s comprehensiveness and clarity fortunately meant that it appealed to a rather broader audience than that.

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