Editorial Introduction

In 1944 Professor John Anderson gave a course of lectures on Alexander's Space Time and Deity note to a class of Fourth Year Honours students at the University of Sydney. The course comprised forty-six lectures delivered over three terms.

The lectures as originally given were based on notes, some of which are extant. Subsequently Anderson wrote up his lectures, with the help of notes taken by three students: A.J. Baker, P.C. Gibbons, and T.A. Rose. The complete manuscript, with marginal notes and corrections, takes up 145 pages of closely written text (approximately 73,000 words). An edited version of this manuscript is reproduced here.

The pagination of the manuscript text is indicated by square bracketed numbers in bold, inserted at the point where each page of the ms begins. So, for example, the material in the edited version that occurs between

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’ and ‘

  ― 11 ―
’ reproduces page 10 of the manuscript.

Anderson did not use footnotes in his manuscript. The edited version uses three kinds of footnotes, marked ‘MN’, ‘NT’, and ‘EN’, respectively. Their significance is as follows:

I. MN: these are marginal notes by Anderson. They are reproduced here verbatim, except that brackets enclosing the whole of a marginal note have been omitted. The footnote has been placed in the approximate position in the text to which the marginal note refers. All marginal notes are reproduced as footnotes, except for (a) those that were crossed out or obliterated, (b) those that deal with the order of presentation of the material in lectures, and (c) those that deal with the transcribing of the students’ notes.

II. NT: these are Anderson's notes, and asides, and references, that occur in the text. They are invariably separated from the rest of the sentence by bracketing which has not been reproduced. They are frequently introduced by “cf.”. I have relegated this material to footnotes to improve the flow of the main text.

III. EN: these are editorial notes. All changes to the text are noted in editorial notes.


Anderson used underlining for emphasis. This has been changed throughout to italics.

Bracketing: round and square brackets are used by Anderson, first, as punctuation, second, as a sort of guide in the spoken delivery of lectures. When brackets that occur in the manuscript are omitted from the edited version, the change is indicated in an EN.

References: in the edited version the titles of works cited in the text have been either italicised (books or classics such as Platonic dialogues), or placed in inverted commas (articles in periodicals or chapters in books). The titles of works in the NTs or MNs are italicised only if they are underlined in the manuscript, and the inverted commas in NTs and MNs are as in the original.

Paragraphing: this is indicated in the manuscript by indenting the first line of each paragraph. In a few places it is not clear from the manuscript whether a new paragraph was intended, and in these cases an editorial decision was made. Otherwise the paragraphing is as in the original.

The illustrations are hand drawn in the manuscript, but have been redrawn for publication. “AJPP” throughout stands for The Australasian Journal of Psychology and Philosophy.note

August 1999 G. P. Molnar, John Anderson Senior Research Fellow, School of Philosophy, University of Sydney e-mail:

Note to Editor's Introduction

George Molnar died unexpectedly shortly after completing work on this series of lectures on Alexander. His editorial comments, corrections and revised images are reproduced here with the permission of his partner, Carlotta McIntosh.