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Our friend and author John Haldane has been elected the chairman of the Royal Institute of Philosophy . As the Witherspoon Institute reports:

The Royal Institute was founded in 1925 by leading public philosophers of the day: Samuel Alexander, Alfred Balfour, L. T. Hobhouse, Harold Laski, and Bertrand Russell. Its objectives are to organise and promote by teaching, discussion, and research the advancement of Philosophical Studies.

He’s the first Roman Catholic to hold this position, or any office of the Royal Institute. One wonders what Laski and Russell would have thought of the appointment.

Among his articles for First Things are Philosophy Lives from the January issue and Dueling Dualism (November 2008), What Philosophy Can Do (November 2005), and The School of Sanctification (March 1990), though they are all, I’m afraid, available online only to subscribers.

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