While in academic terms Macmurray's preoccupations were very distinct from those of his British contemporaries, they resonated strongly with the continental Personalist school arising from a different tradition. Macmurray's critique of the false paths taken by so much Western philosophy remains perceptive and illuminating. His own philosophy was a basis for intelligent attitudes lived out fully in relationship with the real world of our experience. His appeal is therefore strongest for those engaged in real world tasks - ranging from psychotherapy to education and pastoral care - as opposed to sterile abstraction.
It is a scandalous reflection on our contemporary cultural values that Macmurray can be dismissed by a serious writer in the Nineties as "obscure".
Yours etc, C. J. MOORE Baronhill, TaysideReuse content