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John Anderson and the Examined Life

John Anderson, Challis Professor of Philosophy at Sydney University from 1927 until he retired in 1957, was the single most important influence in my life, and in the lives of a great many other Australians. Reflecting on events, you might say the same about Sir John Kerr. Anderson taught us to think. It is a tribute to him that half a century later he should still be under attack from those who don’t want us to think. My years as a philosophy student were 1952 to 1954, ending three years before Anderson retired, and eight years before he died. It…

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