G. H. R. Parkinson (1923-2015) Was een gerenommeerd Spinoza scholar

Het was nog niet eenvoudig informatie over Parkinson te vinden - om twee redenen: commercie (verkoop van boeken van Parkinson) gaat voor. Daarbij komt dat Parkinson de naam van een ziekte is, waarover veel internetpagina’s gemaakt zijn. Maar het lukte toch om erdoor te komen, zeker toen ik gokte en zijn naam + obituary ingaf, hetgeen het volgende te zien gaf:

George Henry Radcliffe Parkinson (1923-2015) overleed op 20 maart van dit jaar op 91-jarige leeftijd. Een obituary die er geweest is, mét een foto van hem, is alweer offline gehaald, maar liet toch deze gegevens zien. Toen ik op de website van de University of Reading, UK, ging snuffelen bleek hij er op de lijst van Professores Emeriti te staan:

G.H.R. Parkinson, MA, DPhil, Oxford, Personal Professor and subsequently Professor (1983) of Philosophy, 1974–89. [PDF]. Pas toen ik in Google University of Reading + Parkinson ingaf, kwam de pagina met een kort In Memoriam van hem op de website van die universiteit tevoorschijn. Dezelfde tekst blijkt ook op en.wikipedia te zijn gezet:

George Henry Radcliffe Parkinson, known as Harry, was a member of staff in the Department of Philosophy at Reading from 1950. He was awarded a personal chair in 1974, and was Head of Department from 1983 to 1989.  When he retired he was made an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy.

Harry was born in November 1923 in Tientsin, China, of British parentage.  He was educated at Bradford Grammar School and Wadham College, Oxford, where he obtained a First Class Honours degree in Literae Humaniores in 1949, and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1952. In 1950 he was appointed Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy at Reading, under then Head of Department Professor H A Hodges, and he remained in the department until he retired [in 1989].

Best known for his work on the history of Philosophy, perhaps particularly for his work on Leibniz, Harry was closely associated with the journal Studia Leibnitiana from its inception in 1969, and became one of its editors in 1988.  His published monographs include Spinoza's Theory of Knowledge, (Oxford University Press, 1954), Logic and Reality in Leibniz's Metaphysics, (Oxford University Press, 1965), Leibniz on Human Freedom, (Steiner, 1970), Georg Lukacs: The Man, his Work, and his Ideas, (Routledge, 1977). Among the volumes he edited are Marx and Marxisms, (Cambridge University Press, 1982) and the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, (Routledge, 1988), together with important editions of Leibniz's Logical Papers, (Oxford University Press, 1966), and of his Philosophical Writings, (J.M.Dent & Sons, 1973). He was very proud that Tracey Emin chose one of his books to take with her to a desert island on Desert Island Discs.

Harry was pre-deceased by his wife June of 62 years by just two months, and leaves two children and four grandchildren.

Professor John Preston [Cf.]

Ons interesseren hier uiteraard vooral zijn publicaties over Spinoza. In de vorige twee blogs over hem zijn de belangrijkste genoemd [cf. en cf.]. Ik neem hier zijn bibliografie uit Wayne Boucher, Spinoza In English, A Bibliography over, books.google liet toevallig alles van hem zien.

• Parkinson, G. H. R., Spinoza's Theory of Knowledge (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1954). From the author's Ph.D. dissertation at Oxford University.
Reprinted in Aldershot, UK, by Gregg Revivals, and in Brookfield, VT, by Ashgate Publishing, 1993.

Chapter VI, pp. 112-137, was reprinted under the title, "Truth and Falsity in Spinoza," in Kashap, Studies in Spinoza, Critical and Interpretive Essays (1972), pp. 212-235.


• Parkinson, G. H. R., Logic and Reality in Leibitiz's Metaphysics (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965). Includes many references to Spinoza, especially in Chapter 4, "Logic and Theism."
Reprinted in New York by Garland Publishing, 1985.


• Parkinson, G. H. R., "Language and Knowledge in Spinoza," in: Inquiry, Vol. 12, No. 1 (1969), pp. 15-40. Reprinted in Grene (Ed.), Spinoza: A Collection of Critical Essays (1973), pp. 73-100.


• Parkinson, G. H. R., "Spinoza on the Power and Freedom of Man," in: The Monist, Vol. 55, No. 4 (October 1971), pp. 527-553.
Reprinted in Mandelbaum and Freeman (Eds.), Spinoza: Essays in Interpretation (1975), pp. 7-33.


• Parkinson, G. H. R., "Being and Knowledge in Spinoza," in Van der Bend (Ed.), Spinoza on knowing, being and freedom (1974), pp. 24-40.


Parkinson, G. H. R., "Hegel, Pantheism, and Spinoza," in: Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol. 38 (July—September 1977), pp. 449-459.
Reprint in: Lloyd, Genevieve (Ed.): Spinoza. Critical assessments, Vol. 4, 2001: The reception and influence of Spinoza's philosophy, pp. 229-239


Parkinson, G. H. R., "Spinoza on Miracles and Natural Law," in: Revue internationale de philosophie, Vol. 31 (1977), pp. 145-157.


Parkinson, G. H. R., "'Truth Is Its Own Standard': Aspects of Spinoza's Theory of Truth," in: Southwestern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Fall 1977), pp. 35-55. 1819a.
Reprinted in Shahan and Biro (Eds.), Spinoza: New Perspectives (1978), Chapter 2, pp. 35-55.


Parkinson, G. H. R., "Leibniz's Paris Writings in Relation to Spinoza," in Leibniz a Paris (1672-1676). Symposium de la G. W. Leibniz-Gesellschaft (Hannover) et du Centre national de la recherche scientifique (Paris) a Chantilly (France) du 14 au 18 novembre 1976. Vol. 2: La philosophie de Leibniz (Wiesbaden, 1978), pp. 73-89.
Also cited in the Bulletin de Bibliographic, Spinoziste under the same title in Studia Leibnitiana (1978), Supplement 18, pp. 73-89.


Parkinson, G. H. R., "Spinoza's Concept of the Rational Act," in Theoria cum praxi. Zum Verhaltnis von Theorie und Praxis im 17. und 18. jahrhundert. Akten des III. Internationalen Leibniz-Kongresses, Hannover. 12. bis 17. November 1977. Vol. 2: Spinoza (Wiesbaden: Steiner, 1981), pp. 1-19.


Parkinson, G. H. R., "Spinoza's Philosophy of Mind," in Guttorm Floistad (ed.), Contemporary Philosophy: A New Survey (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1983), pp. 105-131.


Parkinson, G. H. R., Spinoza: Reason and Experience (London: Open University Press, 1983). 84 pp.


Parkinson, G. H. R., "Definition, Essence, and Understanding in Spinoza," in J. A. Cover and Mark Kulstad (eds.), Central Themes in Early Modern Philosophy: Essays Presented to Jonathan Bennett (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 1990), pp. 49-67.


Argues that Spinoza uses the geometrical mode in the Ethics because his aim is "not just to demonstrate truths, but also to provide explanations. This view is defended by a consideration of Spinoza's use of definitions."—Philosopher's Index.


Parkinson, G. H. R., "Spinoza and British Idealism: The Case of H. H. Joachim," in: The British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Vol. 1, No. 2 (1993), pp. 109-123.


Parkinson, G. H. R., "Spinoza: Metaphysics and Knowledge," in G. H. R. Parkinson (ed.), The Renaissance and Seventeenth Century Rationalism, Routledge History of Philosophy, Vol. 4 (London: Routledge, 1993), pp. 273-312.

 

Op de Duitse Spinozabibliografie worden nog een hele reeks recensies van zijn hand vermeld.  

 

In het blog van gisteren ging het over zijn  Ethica-vertalingen