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Broad, Charlie Dunbar (1887–1971)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DD010-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

A Cambridge contemporary of Russell, Moore and Wittgenstein, C.D. Broad wrote on an exceptional range of topics, including causation, perception, the philosophy of space and time, probability and induction, mind and body, ethics and the history of philosophy. He typically set out a number of received positions on a topic, explored their consequences with great clarity, and then came to a cautious estimate of where the truth probably lay. However, Broad made some notable contributions of his own, especially on perception (he defended a representative theory), induction (he argued that our inductive practices require the existence of natural kinds), and time (he argued that tensed facts cannot be analysed away). Although his talents lay in very careful analysis, Broad insisted that there was a proper place in philosophy for metaphysical speculation; he particularly admired McTaggart, and his monumental Examination of McTaggart’s Philosophy (1933, 1938) contains some of Broad’s best work.

Citing this article:
Smith, Peter. Broad, Charlie Dunbar (1887–1971), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DD010-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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