Saturday, September 17, 2005

Tribute - Paul Tomassi

I would just like to dedicate this post to the memory of the most patient, understanding, humble , yet brilliant lecturer I have known. Paul Tomassi - the head of Philosophy at Aberdeen University who died yesterday aged only 43. He had time for anyone who needed it and managed to make the driest subjects enjoyable - an impressive feat for Formal Logic and other seemingly pedantic yet powerful (and to him fascinating) philosophical topics. He genuinely made these things fun, something no-one else could have possibly done. I am absolutely gutted that he is gone - a world without him is a significantly poorer one. I am glad that I was able to have been taught by him. This one's for you Tomassi, wherever you are (He would hate that - He was such an atheist!).

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