Samuel Alexander in Manchester

  • Dorothy Emmet


I went to the University of Manchester in the autumn term 1938. I already knew Manchester, as my sister and brother-in-law lived there; they were neighbours of Samuel Alexander, and when visiting them I used to see him and we struck up a friendship. On my appointment he wrote me a charming letter:

How I rejoice! For the University because it gets you … For you because you will be much freer now to work out your future in the way you like best; and I believe in your future. And selfishly for myself because I shall have the chance of seeing you and cheering my old days with being your colleague, and ever your affectionate

S. Alexander.


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  1. 1.
    Philosophical and Literary Pieces, ed. J. Laird, p. 27 (London, Macmillan, 1939).Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    S. Alexander, Space, Time and Deity I, p. 4 (London, Macmillan, 1920).Google Scholar
  3. 5.
    R.G. Collingwood, An Essay on Metaphysics (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1940) ch. vii, especially pp. 176–7.Google Scholar
  4. 7.
    My source of this information is Brian McGuinness’ Wittgenstein: a Life (London, Duckworth, 1988) p. 75.Google Scholar
  5. McGuinness obtained it from R.L. Goodstein’s account, given on pp. 171 and 172 in Ambrose and Lazwrowitz, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosopher of Language (1972). So it comes at several hands.Google Scholar

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© Dorothy Emmet 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy Emmet
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  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.Lady Margaret HallOxfordUK
  3. 3.Lucy Cavendish CollegeCambridgeUK

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