Edward Craig (philosopher)

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Edward John Craig (born 26 March 1942) is an English academic philosopher, editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy , and former Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He is also a former cricketer at first-class level: a right-handed batsman for Cambridge University and Lancashire. [1]

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an encyclopedia of philosophy edited by Edward Craig that was first published by Routledge in 1998 (ISBN 978-0415073103). Originally published in both 10 volumes of print and as a CD-ROM, in 2002 it was made available online on a subscription basis. The online version is regularly updated with new articles and revisions to existing articles. It has 1,300 contributors providing over 2,000 scholarly articles.

The Knightbridge Professorship of Philosophy is the senior professorship in philosophy at the University of Cambridge. There have been 22 Knightbridge professors, the incumbent being Rae Langton.

Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.

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Education and academic career

Craig was born in Formby, Lancashire, and educated at Charterhouse. He read philosophy at Trinity College, Cambridge (1960–1963), and was Reader in Philosophy at Cambridge from 1992 to 1998. He became Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy in 1998, a chair he held until his retirement in 2006. He is a Fellow of Churchill College. He edited the journal Ratio from 1988 to 1992. [2]

Formby civil parish and town within the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside, England

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Charterhouse School English collegiate independent boarding school

Charterhouse is a boarding school in Godalming, Surrey. Originally founded by Thomas Sutton in 1611 on the site of the old Carthusian monastery in Charterhouse Square, Smithfield, London, it educates over 800 pupils, aged 13 to 18 years, and is one of the original Great Nine English public schools. Today pupils are still referred to as Carthusians, and ex-pupils as Old Carthusians.

Trinity College, Cambridge constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England

Trinity College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England. With around 600 undergraduates, 300 graduates, and over 180 fellows, it is the largest college in either of the Oxbridge universities by number of undergraduates. In terms of total student numbers, it is second only to Homerton College, Cambridge.

Cricket career

Edward Craig
Cricket information
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm off break
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1967 Cambridgeshire
1961–1962 Lancashire
1961–1963 Cambridge University
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches501
Runs scored3,10312
Batting average 36.0812.00
100s/50s7/14–/–
Top score208* 12
Balls bowled72
Wickets
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 43/–1/–
Source: Cricinfo, 1 December 2011

From Charterhouse School he attended Trinity College, Cambridge. It was while at Cambridge that he made his first-class cricket debut for Cambridge University against Surrey at Fenner's. He made sixteen appearances in his debut season for the university. He also made the first of his two appearances for the Gentlemen against the Players in this season, as well as making his first-class debut for Lancashire against Nottinghamshire. He made three further appearances in total that season for Lancashire. [3] His debut season was a resounding success, with Craig scoring a total of 1,528 runs at an average of 42.44. He made five centuries and had a high score of 208 not out. [4] For Cambridge University alone, he scored 1,342 runs at an average of 47.92, including a score of 105 in The University Match, [5] and his unbeaten 208 against L.C. Stevens' XI. [6]

First-class cricket is an official classification of the highest-standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket. A first-class match is of three or more days' scheduled duration between two sides of eleven players each and is officially adjudged to be worthy of the status by virtue of the standard of the competing teams. Matches must allow for the teams to play two innings each although, in practice, a team might play only one innings or none at all.

Cambridge University Cricket Club cricket team

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Surrey County Cricket Club English cricket club

Surrey County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Surrey and also South London. The club was founded in 1845 but teams representing the county have played top-class cricket since the early 18th century and the club has always held first-class status. Surrey have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.

In 1962, Craig made sixteen first-class appearances for Cambridge University, [3] scoring 1,158 runs at an average of 44.53. [5] He once again appeared for the Gentlemen against the Players in its final fixture, as well as making a further two first-class appearances for Lancashire in that season's County Championship against Essex and Sussex. He appeared six times in first-class cricket for his native county, scoring 214 runs at an average of 21.40, though he only passed fifty once, [7] making 89 against Nottinghamshire the previous season at the Town Ground, Worksop. [8] His overall season first-class record stood at 1,151 runs at an average of 31.97, with a high score of 151 not out. [4] He continued to play for Cambridge University in 1963, making fewer appearances than previous seasons due to examination commitments. Despite these commitments he made ten appearances, with his final first-class appearance coming against Oxford University in The University Match at Lord's. [3] He performed less consistently than in previous seasons, scoring 424 runs at an average of 30.28, with a high score of 87, which was one of three half centuries he made in 1963. [4] In total, Craig made 42 first-class appearances for the university, during which he scored 2,879 runs at an average of 39.98, with a high score 208 not out. He made seven centuries and thirteen half centuries. [7] He gained a Cambridge Blue during his time at the university. [5]

1962 was the 63rd season of County Championship cricket in England. It was the last season to feature the venerable Gentlemen v Players fixture as a result of the distinction between amateurs ("Gentlemen") and professionals ("Players") being abolished following the end of the season. As a result, all first-class cricketers became nominally professional. Yorkshire won the County Championship and England easily defeated an inexperienced Pakistan team.

The 1962 County Championship was the 63rd officially organised running of the County Championship. Yorkshire won the Championship title.

Essex County Cricket Club english Cricket Club

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Ultimately, Craig decided to pursue a career in academia than one in cricket. Mike Brearley, who played alongside him in the Cambridge University team described 'a better scholar and batsman than I was'. The cricket writer John Arlott included Craig in a list of players he considered had the potential, had they continued with their cricket careers, to have played Test cricket. [5] Despite the end of his professional cricket career, he did appear for Cambridgeshire in a single List A match against Oxfordshire in the 1st round of the 1967 Gillette Cup, [9] scoring 12 runs before being dismissed by David Laitt. Cambridgeshire won the match by four wickets, [10] but Craig didn't feature for the county again.

John Michael Brearley OBE is a retired English first-class cricketer who captained Cambridge University, Middlesex, and England. He captained the international side in 31 of his 39 Test matches, winning 17 and losing only 4. He was the President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in 2007–08. Since his retirement from professional cricket he has pursued a career as a writer and psychoanalyst, serving as President of the British Psychoanalytical Society 2008–10. He is married to Mana Sarabhai who is from India and they have 2 children together.

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References

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  2. OUP Author's note Retrieved 12 February 2013]
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  4. 1 2 3 "First-class Batting and Fielding in Each Season by Edward Craig". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  5. 1 2 3 4 Arlott, John (1981). "The best who never". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  6. "LC Stevens' XI v Cambridge University, 1961". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
  7. 1 2 "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Edward Craig". CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  8. "Nottinghamshire v Lancashire, 1961 County Championship". CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  9. "List A Matches played by Edward Craig". CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  10. "Cambridgeshire v Oxfordshire, 1967 Gillette Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
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