Arthur Prior - A 'Young Progressive': Letters to Ursula Bethell and to Hugh Teague 1936-1941

Arthur Prior - A 'Young Progressive': Letters to Ursula Bethell and to Hugh Teague 1936-1941

by Mike Grimshaw (Editor)


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Arthur Prior (1914–69) is regarded as New Zealand’s greatest 20th-century philosopher. Until World War II, Prior seriously considered a career as a religious journalist, especially when traveling and living on the Continent and in England with his first wife. During these years, Prior wrote widely on theology and contemporary Christianity. In his correspondence with Ursula Bethell and Hugh Teague, Prior discusses in detail his religious and theological thoughts, including his shift from formal theological study into a world of journalism and philosophy.

These previously unknown letters, which cover the years from 1936 to 1941, chronicle a substantial part of a fascinating period in Prior’s development, both theologically and philosophically, and have been transcribed and annotated for this volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927145906
Publisher: Canterbury University Press
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Edition description: None
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

A leading early Prior scholar, Mike Grimshaw (PhD Otago) is associate professor in sociology at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction Jack Copeland 9

Arthur Prior in the 1930s: From theology towards philosophy 15

Transcribing and editing notes 37

The letters 39

Appendix: Prior on the existence of God 221

Further reading 224

Index 226

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