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Brian O'Shaughnessy - a distinctive voice in philosophy

15th July 2010

Tributes have been paid to Australian philosopher Brian O'Shaughnessy, who died last week at the age of 84.

In an obituary in the Guardian, Mike Martin described O'Shaughnessy as one of the 'most distinctive voices' of modern philosophy and noted that his works were influential in the study of the concept of the mind.

Martin said that the thinker's two defining works - The Will and Consciousness and the World - are 'towering achievements' that demonstrate his individual take on problems central to the philosophy of mind.

'Although his greatest intellectual hero was Friedrich Nietzsche, his work was also inspired by the phenomenological tradition of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre,' the commentator added.

Despite his achievements in the realm of philosophy, O'Shaughnessy was a committed family man, the obituary pointed out, who drew inspiration from his wife Red, a renowned psychoanalyst.

O'Shaughnessy taught at King's College London and focused his research on the writing of Nietzsche, Sartre and Arthur Schopenhauer.

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