Peter Strawson

1919 (London) – 2006 (London)

Strawson emerged from a group at Oxford University dominated by the twin influences of Ryle (who supported him in his career) and Austin (whom he famously got the better of, and whose influence he diminished); he responded warmly to Ryle (whom he succeeded), but found Austin aloof. Strawson also took on Russell and, their lifelong friendship notwithstanding, Quine; Quine joined in on one of Davidson and Strawson’s panel discussions.

Peter Strawson knew…