130774

BRACERS Record Detail

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Collection code 
B&R
Class no. 
J
Document no. 
.
Box no. 
Source if not BR 
Recipient(s) 
Britton, Lionel
Sender(s) 
BR
Date 
N.D./
Enclosures/References 
Form of letter 
PD
Pieces 
3
BR's address code (if sender) 
Notes, topics or text 

Two photocopies of an excerpt from BR's handwritten signed letter to Lionel Britton, found in James Lowe Autographs Ltd.: Catalogue 10.

"... I do not know why Read thought this book [probably Brain] would infuriate philosophers; it certainly does not infuriate me ... its philosophy is closely similar to that of my still unpublished Human Knowledge—even sometimes in small details, as in how we know a shadow to be ours (p. 450). The whole conception of the relation of the world to private experience is the same as my own. ... I liked the advice to make a synopsis of 100 words, then 10 chapters, etc., and to make analyses of existing books. I did exactly this in adolescence, for my style of book. I was less convinced by the advice to analyse 1000 thrillers before writing one ... when it comes to 'inspiration at will', I confess I am unconvinced. ... Shaw should be instanced as having a scientific outlook (p. 313); he is anti-scientific and anti-rational. ... A general idea is primarily a general work; a word is a class of closely similar particulars. What is called 'abstraction' consists in obviously similar reactions to not obviously similar stimuli...."

Filed 

B&R J79.04

Published 

B&R J79.04

Russell letter no. 
Permission 
Everyone
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Reel no. 
Frame no. 
Record no. 
130774
Record created 2015/09/22
Record last modified 2015/09/22
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