Alastair Fowler, 30 March 1989
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Blackwell, 279 pp., £8.95, March 1986, 0 631 13756 4Show More
Human Agency: Language, Duty and Value edited by Jonathan Dancy, J.M.E. Moravcsik and C.C.W. Taylor.
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“... Collaborative writing is necessarily less common in the humanities than in science and medicine. And it seems rather less common now than in the Forties, when I was making a false start in medicine (the decade when Wimsatt and Beardsley collaborated on The Verbal Icon). Is it that we have become more competitive, more serious? ‘Not on your life, boy,’ my colleague John Hay in the anatomy lab used to say, but he would be helpfully turning a cadaver’s hand in response to my ‘Give me some palm, Olive’ and didn’t have to say he meant quite the opposite ...”