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Getting the Wrong Anderson

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  • Sun 18 May ’08, 1:00pm – 2:00pm


Limelight, Level 3 Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD, Auckland

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  • Free Admission

A History of New Zealand Philosophy
. “There are no Hughesians” boasted G.E. Hughes, one of the giants of New Zealand philosophy. Typical of many New Zealand philosophers, Hughes taught his students to think, not what to think. While philosophy has had an influence on many New Zealand students, there is no unified tale to tell about its influence on New Zealand as a whole.

In Australia, by contrast, there was one philosopher, the charismatic Scot John Anderson, who exercised powerful influence on public opinion. His less talented elder brother, Frances, came to New Zealand. While New Zealand philosophers have been enormously influential on the wider world, their influence has not been felt, primarily, in New Zealand.

Dr Charles Pigden tells the story of philosophy in the country that got the “wrong” Anderson.
Introduction: Chris Trotter.

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