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George Croom Robertson - from 1911 Britannica
- A Scottish philosopher (1842-1892). I think that for well-known philosophers we should probably craft them ourselves, but for minor figures pulling them from 1911 Britannica is fine. --Tom Morris 06:54, 11 August 2008 (CDT)
- I suppose it is fine, but only because the potential damage is minimized by the fact that hardly anybody knows enough about the topic to be able to detect even obvious errors. Never heard of George Croom Robertson, and I thought I knew a thing or two about Scottish philosophy. --Larry Sanger 09:45, 11 August 2008 (CDT)
- Hey Tom and Larry-- I've been poking around, and it does seem like there has been almost no recent substantive scholarship on Croom Robertson. I have turned up a couple of assessments of his career, though: one in the 85th (Jan 1976) issue of Mind (as well as one in the 35th (Oct 1926)); the 2004 entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; and one in a series called "Portraits of pioneers in psychology" (which I don't have access to). The entry in the DNB and the articles in Mind should help us balance out whatever biases the Britannica might have-- I'm looking forward to reading it when you put it up here. Have you thought about doing the same for Alexander Bain, Croom Robertson's mentor? (edit: From JSTOR, it looks like there is at least some recent research on Bain.) Brian P. Long 10:02, 11 August 2008 (CDT)