A Beautiful Mind
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result of Albritton's obsession with sheer philosophical puzzlement
was that in a career that spanned half a century, he published no
books and only five research papers. The joke in philosophy circles
was that his last name was short for "All But Written."
That, ironically, began as an Albritton family joke. Like his perfectionist
son, Albritton's father, the research physiologist, was loath to
publish his work.
today's academic world of publish-or-perish, Albritton is a welcome
reminder that there are some people, prolific writers included,
whose contributions to the world lie not necessarily in what they
leave behind but in their very presence. What made Albritton an
extraordinary philosopher was that anyone engaged in almost any
kind of work could talk to him and come away enlightened in some
could determine if you were making sense and help you understand
what you were trying to say," says Carriero. "Few people
have done it so well."