I came across a reference to,

C. D. Broad’s taxonomy of philosophical styles and theories, given in Broad’s series of undergraduate lectures, "Elements of Philosophy"

in Ray Monk's biography, Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius.

What is the basic structure of this taxonomy (and can it be viewed online -- I don't see "Elements of Philosophy" listed among Broad's works)?

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    Hello. Something that is listed there is Broad's Five Types of Ethical Theory Jul 27, 2015 at 21:44
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    Can't find that series of lectures printed up anywhere. It appears that the original reference is in Wittgenstein's Lectures 1930-1932 if that's any help. I spent an hour digging, I fear they may be lost to time. An amusing note about Broad from Wittgenstein's Poker follows …
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    May 31, 2016 at 16:56
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    “'Reliable rather than brilliant' had been Russell's early and perceptive assessment of Broad when, in Wittgenstein's shadow, he had been Russell's pupil. As a teacher, he had donnish foibles that are the stuff of reminiscence at reunion dinners. He used to script his lectures fully in advance, and then read each sentence aloud, twice. The jokes he read out three times. That, says Maurice Wiles, who attended Broad's lectures, was the only way one could tell what was a joke. When his course was interrupted by a term sabbatical, Broad began the first lecture after his absence with 'Point D ...”
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    May 31, 2016 at 16:58
  • Priceless. You could not make this stuff up.
    – igravious
    May 31, 2016 at 16:59
  • David Chalmers in* Blackwell Guide to phphy of mind* (p102) mentions Broad's taxonomy and refers to his The Mind and its Place in Nature (1925), giving also this link ditext.com/broad/mpn14.html#t.
    – sand1
    Apr 28, 2020 at 19:40

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You find Broads Lectures "Elements of Philosophy" as unpublished typescript in

Broad, Charlie Dunbar, Elements of Philosophy, unveröffentlichtes Vorlesungstyposkript, Broad C2/5, im Archiv der Wren Library des Trinity College, Cambridge.

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