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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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... a great deal to do with forming the distinct prose styles of their respective languages, and hence, I imagine, formed our several ideas of what an argument is. But Locke – Locke plods. Aside from MichaelAyers, 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 ...

Y2K = AP2583

Jonathan Rée: 17th-century philosophy

10 June 1999
TheCambridge 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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... in order to push aside Aristotelian natural science and replace it with a mechanistic physics based on mathematical laws. It is a grand revision, performed gracefully and without polemic, though MichaelAyers – 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 ...

Who Lost?

David Edgar: the third presidential debate

16 October 2008
... that his Republican base comes out on the day. But he found himself trapped inside the paradox of 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 ...

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 ...
6 October 1983
... made little money. The country is too far away for mass tourism, though jet-lagged groups of Japanese 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 ...
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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... Satan was the model of tyrannical monarchy; for the loyalists, his rebellion prefigured that 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 ...

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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... in itself: a kind of involuted puritanism which recoils from the idea of purity like a vampire from a crucifix. It is dismaying to read Rorty’s criticisms of John Locke, for instance, and of MichaelAyers’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 ...

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