Typed letter, signed, starting 'Dear Williams', dated April 21st, 1965.

RYLE, Gilbert

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Gilbert Ryle took over the editorship of 'MIND: A Quarterly Review of Psychology and Philosophy' from G.E. Moore in 1947 and retained the office until 1971, when he handed it over to D.W. Hamlyn. 'When I took over, Ryle relied on a part-time secretary but had more or less no other support; correspondence generally took the form of brief and crisp typewritten notes' (Hamlyn). In this example, Ryle explains that the publication of two reviews of the same book [C. Perelman: The Idea of Justice & the Problem of Argument] 'was sheer oversight, and not intended to give the impression that the earlier of the two reviews, whichever it was, was unsatisfactory'. The recipient of the letter, C.J.F. Williams (1930-97) was at this time lecturer in philosophy at the University of Hull. He later became a professor at the University of Bristol and published several important books on logic. He was himself editor of the journal 'Analysis' for five years in the 1970s. 'The 'staff' of MIND consisted of the Editor and an (impeccable and invaluable) secretary. No committee, no review editor, no 'referees'. It is proper to record here the really remarkable success with which Ryle as an Editor put into practice his deep convictions-that 'business' should be allowed the minimum possible entrenchment upon one's own and other people's time for serious pursuits (including pleasure); that decisions are usually not made worse for being made quickly; that the judgment of one good judge is likely to be as good as that of a board or committee, even if its members are quite good judges too; that plain, short points are best made in plain, short language; and that the best way of communicating what one thinks is directly to say it. I cannot easily believe that Mind will ever be edited again with such economy of administrative machinery, so incredibly little fuss' (G.J. Warnock, 'Gilbert Ryle's Editorship', MIND, New Series, Vol. 85, No. 337 (Jan., 1976), p. 56). See also D.W. Hamlyn, 'Gilbert Ryle and MIND', Revue internationale de philosophie, 2003, No. 223, pp. 5-12. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: ribbon copy, 1 side, Basildon Bond notepaper 4.5 x 7 inches, headed 'From the Editor of MIND, Magdalen College, Oxford'. N° de ref. de la librería ABE-13448699204

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