Corrections to Affirming: Letters 1975–1997

All the corrections listed are present in the second impression (2015) – which should therefore be used for translations – except those in this colour, which should also be incorporated. Notification of other errors will be gratefully received.

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vi note 1, 1 death death (569)
xi 10 up Gemma Levine © Gemma Levine/Getty Images
xvii 3 1978 1978, 94
xviii note 4 1980 1990
xix note 1 Some xvii/1. Some
xxii below editors’ names [add under new heading ’Note to the second impression’:] We have corrected a number of errors that came to light after publication, and added some further information, both in situ and on p. 571. For helpful feedback about the first impression we should like to thank William J. Connell, Roy Davison, Miriam Eliav-Feldon, Ian Jackson and Avner Offer.
xxiv after ‘Alfred’ [add:] BJ       Maire Lynd
xxviii 14 up [delete entry for UGC]
5 note 12 b. 1929 1929–2017
6 note 2, 1 b. 1923 1923–2016
8 note 4, 2 72 72, vice chancellor, Oxford, 1964–6, chancellor, Liverpool, 1972–9
13 note 1, last Whitehead Whitehead, but see 571
note 6, 4 James) James),
17 note 1, 2 (In Search of Lost Time, [In Search of Lost Time] (Paris,
note 3, 3 2 2 of the 3
note 3, 4 London London/NY
note 4, 5 might be thought to justify surely justifies
note 5, 1 Paris, 1972 note 3 above
note 5, 5 London/NY, 1974 ibid.
27 note 2, 2 prestigious then prestigious
30 note 3, 1 b. 1917 1917–2015
note 6, 1–5 he was […] EEC. Wilson had always planned to retire early, and an important reason for this was that his wife, Mary, disliked political life; at one point he planned to leave politics in summer 1973, but circumstances eventually delayed his retirement until March 1976, by which time he may already have started to notice the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, which later seriously afflicted him.
32 2 [add note after ‘IUJF,’:] Founded 1919 to co-ordinate Jewish student societies in British universities.
34 note 5, 2–3 b. 1928 1928–2016
35 note 2, 1 b. 1926 1926–2016
35 note 3, 1 succeesful successful
45 note 5 Letter untraced. See 571.
46 9 politics, with politics,
48 note 1 b. 1917 1917–2016
49 3 up Japan’, Japan,’
52 note 4 ‘Vista’. In this sense, a suite of rooms with doorways in line with each other, creating a vista of repeated elements when the doors are open.
53 5 surface. surface?
61 note 2 b. 1910 1910–2015
68 note 8, 1 b. 1926 1926–2016
72 note 2, 2 presdient president
note 2, 4 views views,
73 note 3, 4 founder founding
74 10 up [delete note 4]
91 2 [carbon] [delete]
92 3 Yours, Yours, <with much love to your entire family & from us “all”>
4 [Isaiah] Isaiah
109 note 2, 1 Rupert Carrington Rupert Carington
111 note 2, 1 b. 1918 1918–2015
127 note 1, 1 b. 1922 1922–2015
128 7 up Исаия Исайя
129 note 4, 1 b. 1915 1915–2015
132 note 1, 1 b. 1923 1923–2016
149 note 5, 2 Dublin, 1759–67 [York]/London, 1760–7
151 note 1 [replace with:] (William) Emmanuel Abraham (b. 1934), Ghanaian philosopher; prize fellow, All Souls, 1959–62; joined faculty, Ghana, 1962, pro-vice-chancellor 1965–6; taught at Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota, 1969–73; professor, Santa Cruz, from 1973.
166 note 3, 1 b. 1928 1928–2016
168 note 2, 1 b. 1935 1935–2016
173 6 though’; though’,
note 6, 3 b. 1921 1921–2016
174 note 1, 1 b. 1929 1929–2016
183 note 2, 2 1960 1760
185 note 2, 1 b. 1927 1927–2015
193 note 3, 1 b. 1921 1921–2015
194 9 enquiy enquiry
note 4, 1 b. 1934 1934–2016
196 note 1, 1 b. 1924 1924–2017
212 note 8, 1 b. 1934 1934–2016
233 note 1, 4 [add at end:] See also 290/3.
235 note 1, 1– co-founded the revolutionary socialist, but anti-Stalinist, Partisan Review 1934 and edited it co-founded 1934 the revolutionary socialist (but anti-Stalinist) Partisan Review, which brought together left-wing politics and avant-garde cultural criticism. Phillips was its editor
244 note 1, 1 Charles (Charles)
b. 1926 1926–2016
245 note 1, 1 b. 1932 1932–2017
254 note 3, 4 practicising practising
275 note 1, 1 b. 1923 1923–2015
288 note 4 author. author; raised in County Cork, he later chose Irish over UK citizenship.
292 9 Iliav Eliav
note 1 Untraced. Binyamin Eliav (1909–74) né Lubotsky, Riga-born Israeli writer and journalist; joined Israeli diplomatic service 1953, serving as consul general in Buenos Aires 1953–5, New York 1960–2; worked for Mossad 1955–71, becoming a central figure in the campaign for Soviet Jewry; joined the staff of the Encyclopedia Judaica 1969.
297 note 3, 1 1957 1938
303 note 1, 3 Censorship Censorship,
313 note 3, 3 1929 1829
315 note 1, 1 b. 1922 1922–2015
322 8 Moslem Muslim
335 7 Sierra Sera
341 note 7, 1 b. 1919 1919–2016
357 note 1, 1 Presumably Elizabeth McKane (Mary) Elizabeth McKane (b. c.1949)
Richard Richard James McKane (1947–2016, m. 1979)
360 note 2, 2 b. 1942 1942–2017
367 note 5, 1 b. 1924 1924–2016
375 13 1989 1989 [carbon]
378 14 up [add note after ‘who’:] i.e. ‘McNamara, who changed his mind but did not try’ etc.
379 last Isaiah [Isaiah]
381 note 1, 1 b. 1926 1926–2015
392 note 1, 4 1961–6 1961–5
401 9 up [add note cue after ‘uncensored,’; note 3 becomes note 4, beginning:] An exception was the closure of the short-lived daily newspaper Hadashot (1984–93) by the military censor [etc. as before]
[substitute new note 3:] Almost certainly New Outlook, a self-described ‘Middle East monthly’, founded by the socialist-Zionist United Workers’ Party (Mapam), and published, in English, from Tel Aviv 1957–93, printing articles by Israeli, Arab and overseas writers.
404 note 1, 1 b. 1937 1937–2016
407 note 2, 4 POI 12 POI2 14
416 note 2, 1 b. 1939 1939–2017
420 12 who whose
426 4 replied applied
427 16 up are obvious guarantors is an obvious guarantor
5 up of to
434 note 1, 2 b. 1929 1929–2016
439 6 or Or
8–9 clear […], clear,
445 note 1, 3 UN in Geneva European Office of the UN (in Geneva)
447 note 1 We have been unable to trace the broadcast that IB refers to here. For the broadcast see 571.
462 1 WIESELTER WIESELTIER
469 note 2, 2 apochryphal apocryphal
472 note 1, 6 Obert O.
note 2, 1 O. Obert
476 note 5, 3 hf2 HF2
507 5, 2 Forgot Forgot
517 note 2, 1 prolific political philosopher, and prolific
528 note 3, 1 Not […] wrote, op. cit. (22/1) ii 217; cf.
538 note 2, 1 piano keyboard
545 10 up having been [after I was]
547 8 up jellows fellows
549 8 up right-wing; and right-wing. And
551 3 [add note after ‘Jews’:] It seems more likely that IB meant ‘German Jews’.
566 2 she treated – she treated
note 1, 1 Elisabeth Elizabeta
b. c.1915 1916–2006
571 APPENDICES [layout as F 694; these notes can be incorporated into the main text in translations]

SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES

The information given here came to our attention too late for it to be included in its proper place.

p. 13    Cf. 'A merely well-informed man is the most useless bore on God's earth': 'The Aims of Education' (the 1916 presidential address to the Mathematical Association of England), in A. N. Whitehead, The Aims of Education and Other Essays (London, 1929), 1.

p. 45    Machiavelli does not say this explicitly in any of the surviving letters. IB is probably (mis)remembering that Machiavelli’s biographer, Pasquale Villari, quite reasonably infers that his letters of 13 and 18 March 1513 to Francesco Vettori, displaying great emotion after his release from a month in prison, where he was tortured, were written ‘with his hands still painful from the rope he had endured’: Niccolò Machiavelli e i suoi tempi (Florence, 1877–82) ii 197. The original letters do not survive for us to inspect the handwriting.

p. 447    We have not traced this particular broadcast, but in an interview with Bryan Magee more than a decade earlier, as part of the Men of Ideas series (65/1), Ayer answered a related question about the defects of logical positivism: ‘Well, I suppose the most important of the defects was that nearly all of it was false.’ Men of Ideas (67/2), 131.

618 Anglesey, 1 b. 1924 1924–2017
624 2 1982 1983
629 Silvers, 1 b. 1929 1929–2017
634 White, 1 Gabriel (b. 1917), Gabriel (1917–2016) né Weisberger,
637 Childers Roy Rory
Empson Harvard] Harvard], 33
FitzLyon (CT) (CT) & 393
63 61 n3, 63
393, 394, 394,
Hamm 485 [232/133–4] 485 [232/133–4], 485 n4 [232/125–6]
Hardy xvii […] 625 xvii & 94, xviii n5, 8 n3 & plate 2, 11–12 (CT), 12, 60, 283 n3, 406, 407 nn2,3, 429, 435, 438, 527, 624–5
638 Ignatieff 638 676
Mabro 194 n4 194 n4
Nicholas 380 nn1,5 380 nn1,6
Quinto Quinton
Roberts [add new entry after this:] Rothschild, Hannah 439 [228/104]
Stern 215/58–9 LOC
640 Abraham, Edward [add new entry after this:] Abraham, (William) Emmanuel 151
641 Alsop, Joseph, 4 235 n6 235 n5
Asquith, Herbert 551 n2 551 n3
Asquith, Raymond 551 n2 551 n3
642 Ayer, 3 67–8 67–8, 571
650 Cliveden 235 n6 247 n5
652 Ekberg [add new entry after this:] Eliav, Benjamin (né Lubotsky) 292
653 Zinov′ev Zinovieff
655 Hadashot 401 n3 410 n4
Hardy, Henry 406–410 406–10
662 Magee 435, 435, 571,
Men of Ideas 67–8 67–8, 571
664 New Left [add new entry after this:] New Outlook 401 n3
670 *Schlesinger, 7 235 n6 235 n5
Shishkovsky Vsevolod Vsevolod Georgievich
671 Springer [delete entry]
673 Trott zu Solz 235 n5 235 n4
675 White, Morton Gabriel Gabriel (né Weisberger)
674 Vietnam War [add new entry after this:] Villari, Pasquale: Niccolò Machiavelli e i suoi tempi 571 n2

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