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Locke rules

Ian Hacking, 21 November 1991

Locke. Vol. I: Epistemology 
by Michael Ayers.
Routledge, 341 pp., £90, September 1991, 0 415 06406 6
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Locke. Vol. II: Ontology 
by Michael Ayers.
Routledge, 341 pp., £90, September 1991, 0 415 06407 4
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... I imagine, formed our several ideas of what an argument is. But Locke – Locke plods. Aside from Michael Ayers, how many contributors to this issue of the Review, reviewers or reviewees, have read Locke’s Essay, word for word, from beginning to end? Fewer, perhaps, than would like to admit it. But Locke rules. No matter how briefly he is skimmed or ...

Y2K = AP2583

Jonathan Rée: 17th-century philosophy, 10 June 1999

The Cambridge History of 17th-Century Philosophy 
edited by Daniel Garber and Michael Ayres.
Cambridge, 1616 pp., £90, April 1998, 0 521 58864 2
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... on mathematical laws. It is a grand revision, performed gracefully and without polemic, though Michael Ayers – the original architect of the work, and the author of lucid and perceptive chapters on the continuities between ‘classical’ and ‘modern’ epistemology – permits himself a couple of tart remarks about ‘British ...

Who Lost?

David Edgar: the third presidential debate, 9 October 2008

... negative campaigning: unpopular with voters in principle, it is highly effective in practice, as Michael Dukakis discovered to his cost in 1988 when he tried to take the high ground against George Bush Sr. The problem was demonstrated most clearly during the answers to the moderator Bob Schieffer’s third question, about leadership and the ethics of the ...

At Tate Britain

Peter Campbell: Michael Andrews, 9 August 2001

... Michael Andrews was born in 1928 and died in 1995. He didn’t produce many paintings (although the ones he made tended to be large). In the exhibition at Tate Britain until 17 October the full range of his work can be appreciated for the first time. Andrews followed a route which depersonalises the act of looking ...

Bob Hawke’s Australia

Michael Davie, 6 October 1983

... or Americans occasionally pass through the capital cities on their way to the mysterious hump of Ayers Rock. Unable to produce much at a price the world will pay, Australia is ringed by a protectionist fence, which contrasts oddly with the anti-tariff speeches that her leaders habitually make when they go overseas. More serious, though, than the state of the ...

Oedipus was innocent

Malcolm Bull, 10 March 1994

Cosmos, Chaos and the World to Come: The Ancient Roots of Apocalyptic Faith 
by Norman Cohn.
Yale, 271 pp., £20, October 1993, 0 300 05598 6
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... of the American colonists. As Jonathan Odell described it in his satire, The American Times: What Michael to the first arch-rebel said, Would well rebuke the rebel army’s head; What Satan to th’ angelic Prince replied, Such are the words of Continental pride. Ellen White used Paradise Lost as the basis for her own account of Satan’s rebellion, but ...

Strenuous Unbelief

Jonathan Rée: Richard Rorty, 15 October 1998

Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in 20th-Century America 
by Richard Rorty.
Harvard, 107 pp., £12.50, May 1998, 9780674003118
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Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers, Vol. III 
by Richard Rorty.
Cambridge, 355 pp., £40, June 1998, 0 521 55347 4
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... from a crucifix. It is dismaying to read Rorty’s criticisms of John Locke, for instance, and of Michael Ayers’s wonderful study of him. For even if Locke really was on a hiding to nothing when he tried to link knowledge with reality through the five senses, and even if Ayers was spitting in the wind when he tried ...

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