Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Philosophers

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Mac Leod, Andries Hugo Donald

Belgian-Swedish, b: 10 August 1891, Ledeberg, Belgium, d: 28 March 1977, Tierp, Sweden. Cat: Analytical philosopher; mathematician. Ints: Ontology; philosopy of mind. Educ: After studies in Mathematics and Physics, Dr sc. at Ghent 1914. Also studied Philosophy at Uppsala University. Infls: Husserl and Phalén. Appts: Taught Mathematics and Physics in Belgium; 1939-77, residing in Sweden, where he devoted all his time to philosophical writing; 1960, Fil. Dr. honoris causa, Uppsala University.

Main publications:
(1927) Sur quelques questions se présentant dans l'étude du concept de réalité, Paris: Librairie Scientifique J. Hermann.
(1947) 'What is a true assertion?', Theoria.
(1960) Beskaffenhet och innehàll av ett medvetande [The Nature and the Content of an Act of Consciousness], Uppsala: Appelbergs.
(1964) De psykiska företeelsernas förhållande till rum och tid [The Relation of Mental Phenomena to Space and Time] Stockholm: Filosofiska Inst., Stockholm University (Flemish translation, Het bewustzijn in zijn verhouding tot ruimte en tijd, Ghent: Studia Philosophica Gandensia, 2. Suppl., 1965).
(1972) Verklighet och negation [Reality and Negation], Uppsala: Almqvist & Wiksell (summary in French, Theoria, 1974:125-37).

Secondary literature:
Theoria (1980) 5 (obituary and bibliography).

Andries Mac Leod started as a mathematician. His first book (in French, 1922) was a comprehensive survey of non-Euclidean geometry. His mathematical training is evident in all the philosophical works, in the rigorous shaping of proofs and definitions. His philosophical method is well illustrated by the paper 'What is a true assertion?' (1947). In most of his works he deals with abstract problems related to fundamental concepts of our thinking, for example reality, identity, negation, 'now', act of consciousness and intentionality.

Husserl's Logische Untersuchungen influenced Mac Leod, but he was even more influenced by Phalén, whom he deeply admired. The Nature and Content of an Act of Consciousness (1960) gives a subtle analysis of problems connected with Phalén's thesis (criticized by Segelberg) that an act of consciousness intending AB is not composed of an act intending A and an act intending B. There are interesting differences between Mac Leod and Phalén on certain important problems, for example concerning the relation of mental phenomena to time. Mac Leod developed a nominalist theory which has certain points in common with that of Nelson Goodman, although historically they are quite independent of each other.


McCloskey, Henry John

Australian, b: 11 July 1925, Melbourne, Australia. Cat: Ethical institutionist; political liberal. Ints: Moral philosophy; political philosophy; environmental philosophy. Educ: University of Melbourne (BA 1948, MA 1949, PhD 1952, LittD 178). Infls: W.D. Ross, J. Passmore and J.L. Mackie. Appts: 1953-5, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Western Australia, Nedlands; 1955-69, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Philosophy, University of Melbourne, Parkville; from 1969, Professor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, Bundoora.

Main publications:
(1963) 'Mill's liberalism', Philosophical Quarterly 13: 143-56.
(1965) 'A critique of the ideals of liberty', Mind 74: 483-508.
(1965) 'Rights', Philosophical Quarterly 15:115-27.
(1969) Meta-Ethics and Normative Ethics, The Hague: Nijhoff.
(1971) John Stuart Mill; A Critical Study, London: Macmillan.
(1974) God and Evil, The Hague: Nijhoff.
(1983) Ecological Ethics and Politics, Littlefield: Totowa Rowman.


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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • List of Abbreviated Sources xvi
  • List of Schools and Movements xxi
  • A 1
  • Main Publications: 19
  • Main Publications: 22
  • Main Publications: 24
  • Main Publications: 25
  • Main Publications: 29
  • B 41
  • Main Publications: 97
  • C - Cabral, Amilcar Lopes 119
  • Main Publications: 148
  • D 167
  • E 209
  • F 222
  • G 261
  • H 296
  • Main Publications: 323
  • Main Publications: 330
  • I 361
  • Main Publications: 365
  • J 370
  • Main Publications: 385
  • K 387
  • Main Publications: 405
  • Main Publications: 423
  • L 425
  • M 486
  • Main Publications: 491
  • Main Publications: 498
  • Main Publications: 540
  • N 558
  • Main Publications: 577
  • O 583
  • P 593
  • Main Publications: 605
  • Main Publications: 614
  • Main Publications: 626
  • Q 640
  • R 644
  • Main Publications: 657
  • S 690
  • Main Publications: 701
  • Main Publications: 704
  • T 764
  • U 795
  • V 800
  • W 817
  • Main Publications: 827
  • Main Publications: 833
  • Main Publications: 851
  • X 853
  • Y 857
  • Z 861
  • Guide to Schools and Movements 876
  • Bibliography 893
  • Nationality Index 903
  • Category Index 909
  • Index of Interests 918
  • Index of Influences 925
  • Index of People 936
  • Index of Subjects 945


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