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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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... Self-deception is a philosophical issue, but it would be hard to imagine Peter Strawson or A.C. Grayling writing about bourgeois false consciousness. Power doesn’t really count as a philosophical concept, if one leaves aside political theory; but even if it did, those who discuss it in the manner of Nietzsche or Foucault would be unlikely to qualify as ...

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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... idealism, instead of giving an accurate account of the way in which he actually achieved it. Grayling and several of the contributors to the anthology explain how this happens. When modern philosophy cuts off our view into the world, it usually does so by arguing that we do not see the butterfly’s wing because we are only directly aware of our own ...

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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... real nature can be drawn from our specific conceptual scheme. Such claims are attacked in Dr Grayling’s book. In his own book, Strawson does not try to answer such criticisms, but neither does he give in to them. In a bold manner, he turns away from Kant and towards Hume, whose ‘naturalistic’ way with Scepticism he now adopts and ...

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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... it apart from Dawkins’s The God Delusion, Christopher Hitchens’s God Is Not Great and A.C. Grayling’s Towards the Light. Without even setting out to do so, Wilson’s book refutes the shop-soiled myth that freedom, having struggled bravely out of the Dark Ages into the bracing air of Western Enlightenment, is now at risk of having its stately march ...

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