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Butterflies

David Pears

5 June 1986
Berkeley: The Central Arguments 
by A.C. Grayling.
Duckworth, 218 pp., £19.50, January 1986, 0 7156 2065 7
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Essays on Berkeley: A Tercentennial Celebration 
edited by John Foster and Howard Robinson.
Oxford, 264 pp., £22.50, October 1986, 0 19 824734 6
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... As a child I collected butterflies, and I remember being impressed by a comic cartoon which showed another collector, older and more experienced than myself, who had accidentally swallowed a specimen he had been chasing. Later I felt the same sense of incongruity when I read Berkeley’s claim that everything he perceived was really in his mind ...

The Sponge of Apelles

Alexander Nehamas

3 October 1985
TheSkeptical Tradition 
by Myles Burnyeat.
California, 434 pp., £36.75, June 1984, 0 520 03747 2
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The Modes of Scepticism: Ancient Texts and Modern Interpretations 
by Julia Annas and Jonathan Barnes.
Cambridge, 204 pp., £20, May 1985, 0 521 25682 8
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Skepticism and Naturalism: Some Varieties 
by P.F. Strawson.
Methuen, 98 pp., £10.95, March 1985, 0 416 39070 6
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Hume’s Skepticism in the ‘Treatise of Human Nature’ 
by Robert Fogelin.
Routledge, 195 pp., £12.95, April 1985, 0 7102 0368 3
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The Refutation of Scepticism 
by A.C. Grayling.
Duckworth, 150 pp., £18, May 1985, 0 7156 1922 5
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The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism 
by Barry Stroud.
Oxford, 277 pp., £15, July 1985, 0 19 824730 3
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... The device allows him to parade, and to scoff at, Pythagoreans and Cynics, Heracliteans, Cyrenaics, and Platonists, Atomists, Epicureans, Stoics, and Sceptics. Coming at the end of this long procession, the Sceptic appears almost reasonable when he claims that, in contrast to all the others, he knows nothing. But Lucian quickly undermines this ...

A Long Way from Galilee

Terry Eagleton: Kierkegaard

1 August 2019
Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard 
by Clare Carlisle.
Allen Lane, 368 pp., £25, April 2019, 978 0 241 28358 5
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... in common is the belief that there is something more fundamental than reason. Most of them would accept that without reason we perish, but hold that there is something more basic which shapes the way we think: power, desire, divine grace, material interests, the body, being-in-the-world, the unconscious, emotional bonds, practical forms of life, the ruses of ...

Leave me alone

Terry Eagleton: Terry Eagleton joins the Yeomen

30 April 2009
What Price Liberty? How Freedom Was Won and Is Being Lost 
by Ben Wilson.
Faber, 480 pp., £14.99, June 2009, 978 0 571 23594 0
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