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Lecture by John Wisdom
Professor of Philosophy
In the University of Cambridge
Professor Wisdom discusses the function of the metaphysician, the 'person who specialises in describing the types of proof appropriate to various types of statement,' and shows that metaphysical enquiry serves not only to discover fallacies but also to dispel fear, and especially obsessional fear of ' surprising statements.' It helps us to use procedures both correctly and freely. Concepts are necessary and therefore sometimes ' confining.' He says ' We need to be at once like someone who has seen much and forgotten nothing: and also like one who sees things for the first time.'

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John Wisdom

' Agamemnon Arms for Battle
BOOK 11, lines 15-46
Translated by Peter Green
' Sarpedon and Glaukos *
BOOK 12. lines 251-471
Translated by Vernon Watkins
Poseidon Leaves Samothrace '
BOOK 13, lines 10-31
Translated by Edwin Morgan
' The Battle by the Ships'
BooK 13, lines 673-835
Translated by Patrick Garland
Read by Denis McCarthy
Series arranged by D. S. Carne-Ross
Fifth of twelve readings from Homer's Iliad in new translations by different hands.

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Translated By:
Peter Green
Translated By:
Vernon Watkins
Translated By:
Edwin Morgan
Translated By:
Patrick Garland
Read By:
Denis McCarthy
Arranged By:
D. S. Carne-Ross

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