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Who did you say was dumb?

Mary Midgley, 5 February 1987

Adam’s Task: Calling animals by name 
by Vicki Hearne.
Heinemann, 274 pp., £10.95, February 1987, 0 434 31421 8
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... For some time, however, two lines of lethal criticism have been converging on it, and it is Vicki Hearne’s achievement to have put them together. The first line is the philosophical one about privacy. If words like ‘anger’, ‘fear’ and ‘boredom’ really were just the names of hidden private sensations, we could not, it is noted, use ...

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