Just finished John Costello’s biography of John Macmurray, which has been a bedtime companion over the Christmas period.
Having been challenged by and learned from Macmurray’s wise philosophical writings over the years, but knowing nothing about the man and his life, I thoroughly enjoyed Costello’s sympathetic and well researched account. He engages with Macmurray’s thinking through his publications, teaching, letters and political activities.
Macmurray was very popular in his lifetime as a teacher within his University setting but also as a teacher more widely through his journalism, activism and radio talks, although within the narrow world of English-speaking philosophers, he was an outsider in wanting to ask and explore the big questions. He is enjoying a bit of a revival at the moment. His Gifford lectures provide the best summary of his thought. They should be more widely read and discussed.
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