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Logicians Liberation League

In the (northen) autumn of 1969, Robert K (Bob) Meyer read out a manifesto at the close of a philosophy seminar given by Prof. Paul Eisenberg,
at Indiana University, USA.

The Maximum Leader was attacked during the presentation, with a banana cream pie, by Mrs. Marianne Tienson.

JM Dunn recalls (2019): "I think she hadn't a lot of practice throwing pies. She mostly missed Bob but hit two Philosophy of Education professors. Then then chair of the Philosophy Dept., George Nakhnikian, was mortified. George and Bob had an ongoing argument about the Clark Kerr pie throwing [see here]. George thought it was bad. Bob agreed but also thought it was funny. George claimed that something could not be both bad and funny. Evidently Bob constructed the Goodbody Hall pie throwing as a counterexample to George's view. Obviously George did not accept it." 

The Manifesto


logic is the essence of philosophy, and
logic is the organon of philosophy, and
logic is the form of philosophy


coaches, assistant coaches, managers, trainers and fans
of the IU philosophy team have
made frequent and insinuating remarks about the number of
logicians recruited for this year's philosophy team,
have discouraged the recruitment of outstanding out-of-state
prospects solely on the ground that they are logicians,
have refused to recognize the right of logicians to their
own unique cultural heritage, acquiescing in particular in
the denial to them of such treasured items as blackboards,
erasers, chalk, and old napkins,
performed acts degrading to logicians as human beings,
performed acts degrading to logicians as individuals,
performed acts degrading to logicians as men,
performed acts degrading to logicians as manifestations of God,
collections of atoms, free spirits,


misery, suffering, pain, affliction, and one severe case of
philosopher's foot,

We the members of


do hereby announce our intention, if attention to our fair
grievances is not forthcoming,
to boycott Friday practice sessions,
to howl and jeer when the name of an ethicist, metaphysician,
epistemologist, aesthetician, or any other kind of
Establishment jerk is proposed for addition to the team,
to root for the political science department in competition
for the coveted Ewing Bowl,
to reveal that other members of the team are mere symbol
pushers and hawkers of uninterpretable calculi,
to prove the existence of God, the relativity of moral judgments,
the identity thesis, and the truth of neo-Pythagorean
skeptical hedonism, thus leaving other members of the
team with nothing to talk about.

Do not be deceived, Establishment pigs (this means you too,
Establishment dogs). The subservience of past generations
of logicians does not mean that we shall bear forever our
treatment as animals (you barnyard fowl). We are human
beings (you swine). You are living in a day when logicians
will not any longer endure your taunts, your slurs, your
insults (you filthy vermin). In the name of A. N. Whitehead
and B. Russell we gather; in the spirit of R. Carnap and
A. Tarski, we march; by the word of W. V. O. Quine, we shall
prevail. Beware you snakes of the Philosophical Power
Structure, which you have created and which you maintain to
put down the logician; you have caged the eagle of reason,
the dove of wisdom, and the lark of a definite, precisely
formulated formal system, with exact formation rules, a
recursive set of axioms, and clear and cogent rules of
inference, and you have made them your pigeons. Oh, you
filterable viruses, we will shake you off and fly once more.

All my love,
Robert K. Meyer
Maximum Leader
Logicians Liberation League


Front Row Left to Right: (Unknown person), Paul Thistlewaite, Richard Routley/Sylan, Martin Bunder, Nick Griffin, (Unknown Person)
Back Row Left to Right: Robert Meyer, Peter Lavers, Michael (Zorba) McRobbie, Igor Urbas, Paul Gochet, Graham Priest, Chris Mortensen

Front Row Left to right: Richard Routley/Sylan Robert Meyer
Back Row Left to Right: Errol Martin, Paul Thistlewaite, Michael (Zorba) McRobbie, Unknown (so far), Ross Brady, John Slaney, Chris Mortensen, Graham Priest.




Services to Logic: 50 Years of the Logicians' Liberation League, October 2019, UNAM, Mexico City [LINK]

Beyond the possible: Remembering Richard Sylvan, July 2011, Melbourne [LINK]

Subpages (1): photos
Zach Weber,
Sep 30, 2020, 8:14 PM