- James Wilson-Quayle
Black, Max (24 February 1909–27 August 1988), philosopher, was born in Baku, Russia, the son of Lionel Black, a small trader and businessman, and Sophia Davinska. Because of the climate of anti-Semitism, Black’s family left Russia when he was a young child, living a short while in Paris and finally settling in London in 1912. At an early age Black displayed a talent for mathematics, chess, and the violin and, at one time, contemplated a career as a pianist. It was his interest in mathematics, however, that led him to earn his B.A. in the subject at Queens College, Cambridge. While there, he became attracted to the analytic school of philosophy and, in particular, to the thought of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore and F. P. Ramsey, all of whom were teaching at Cambridge while he was a student there and who were to have an influence on many of his subsequent ideas....