Allan James “Jim” Baker, who has died aged 94, was one of Australia’s more interesting philosophers, intellectuals, and gadflies. He was a prominent member of the Sydney Push, the Bohemian intellectual circle that met in Sydney’s city and inner-city pubs from the late 1940s.
An explanation about these letters: In 1977 I began research for a MA (Hons.) thesis at the University of NSW on the Social and Political Philosophy of Professor John Anderson. My joint supervisors were two “Andersonians”, Doug McCallum and Donald Horne.
Conservative MP Jesse Norman set out to write an introduction to the ideas, context, and continuing relevance of Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Whig iconoclast and fierce critic of the French Revolution.
David Armstrong, affectionally known as DMA or Armo, was in an elite category of Australian intellectuals – a philosopher who developed an international reputation, perhaps the most considerable of any Australian philosopher.
Unlike his brother, William published only a handful of papers, several being concerned with issues in education. In his obituary on Anderson, his successor Anschutz attempts to summarise Anderson’s views on philosophy.
It might be interesting if I mention how I came to be here. It occurred because one of the members of Catalyst for Renewal read an article that I wrote last year, an obituary to the Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo, a very interesting man, who wrote concerning the encounter between Christianity and Japanese society.
I am writing a M.A. (Hons.) thesis on the social and political thought of your late husband, Professor John Anderson, for the School of Political Science at the University of NSW.