"The greatest philosopher of the twentieth century may not have been Wittgenstein, or Russell (and he certainly wasn't Heidegger)
but he may have been a somewhat obscure and conservative Australian
philosopher named David Stove (1927-94). If he wasn't the greatest
philosopher of the century, Stove was certainly the funniest and
most dazzling defender of common sense . . ."
For a quick taste of his style, try his one-page 'Helps to young authors', from Popper and After.
|Brief accounts of his life and opinions can be found in an obituary , in Scott Campbell's Wikipedia article and in Roger Kimball's essay, 'Who was David Stove?'.|
|The story of his role in the political troubles in Sydney University Philosophy Department in the 1970s is told in 'The Sydney Philosophy Disturbances'.|
(argues that Hume's scepticism about induction depends on the false thesis that all logic is deductive)
reprinted as Anything Goes (Macleay Press, 1998) and Scientific Irrationalism: Origins of a Postmodern Cult (Transaction, 2000) (mocks the irrationalist views on science of Popper, Kuhn, Lakatos and Feyerabend, and attributes those errors to their following Hume in thinking all logic is deductive) a review; some criticism.)
(revives D.C. Williams' justification of induction relying on the fact that the vast majority of samples of a population match the population in composition) (a review)
(essays on idealist and other errors in philosophy) ( The chapter 'What is wrong with our thoughts?'; review; hostile comment)
(collected polemical essays on such themes as race, the decline of arts faculties, Australian heroes, the intellectual capacity of women) ... buy online
(attacks sociobiology and Darwinian "explanations" of human altruism)
(Reprint from Encounter Books with new introduction by Roger Kimball, 2006)
Joe Sobran's column, 2006; a review; another; another; 2008 article.
(collected essays on philosophy of science, the errors of Darwinism, race and women)
(another; another; another; another; another; a comment)
A complete bibliography (up to 2000) is available of Stove's writings and reactions to them.
David Stove on Google Scholar
An account by Rob Stove of David Stove and music.
There is a David Stove email group.
'Stove's discovery of the worst argument in the world',
Philosophy 77 (2002): 615-24.
J. Franklin, 'Stove's anti-Darwinism', Philosophy 72 (1997): 133-6.
B.J. Coman, 'The New Relevance of David Stove's Critique of Darwinism', Quadrant 52 (3) (Mar 2008): 58-62.
Stove's work on induction has been continued by Scott Campbell of Nottingham University.
James Franklin's book, The Science of Conjecture: Evidence and Probability Before Pascal is a Stovian view on the history of probability: it sees the subject in terms of logical probability rather than random processes like dice-throwing.
James Franklin's book, Corrupting the Youth: A History of Philosophy in Australia has much about Stove.
|Of related interest, the website on Stove's teacher in philosophy, John Anderson.|
|Robert Stove, son of David Stove, is the author of The Unsleeping Eye: A Brief History of Secret Police and Their Victims and César Franck: His Life and Times.|
|For contemporary comment, The New Criterion and Arts & Letters Daily are recommended.|
|For further information, contact David Stove's literary executor, James Franklin, email@example.com|
|This site created by James Franklin with help from Gerry Nolan|