Of Men and Manners Essays Historical and Philosophical

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-13
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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This is a collection of writings by the late Lord Quinton, one of the wittiest and most versatile philosophers of his generation. The first part ranges over the last four hundred years of intellectual history, discussing such thinkers as Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Coleridge, Kant, Hegel, T. H. Green, Dewey, Quine, and Ayer. The subject of the second part of the volume is, broadly speaking, value in human society: Quinton discusses freedom, morality, politics, language, culture, and the relation between humans and animals. Together these writings demonstrate the enormous breadth of their author's learning, and the clarity, elegance, and urbanity of his style. Seven of the pieces are previously unpublished.

Author Biography

Anthony Quinton (1925-2010) was a fellow of All Souls and New College, Oxford. From 1978 to 1987 he was President of Trinity College, Oxford, and President of the Aristotelian Society from 1975 to 1976. He is the author of numerous books, including The Nature of Things (1973), Utilitarian Ethics (1973), From Wodehouse To Wittgenstein (1998), Francis Bacon (Oxford, 1980), and Thoughts and Thinkers (1982). He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1977, and made a life peer in 1983.

Table of Contents

Of Men
Francis Bacon: How Was He Possible?p. 3
Spinozap. 17
Dr John Radcliffep. 21
La Mettriep. 34
Coleridge at Homep. 40
The Trouble with Kantp. 49
Hegel Made Visiblep. 60
Richard Monckton Milnesp. 68
T. H. Greenp. 82
John Dewey's Theory of Knowledgep. 91
T.E. Hulmep. 103
Bergson and Whitehead: Process Philosophyp. 110
Quine on Doing Without Meaningp. 122
Ayer's Place in the History of Philosophyp. 137
The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Epistemologyp. 153
Of Manners
The Varieties of Valuep. 165
The Human Animalp. 180
The Past and Future of Freedomp. 212
Culture, Education, and Valuesp. 219
A Revaluation of Values: Keeping Politics In Its Placep. 232
Morals and Politicsp. 246
Words on Wordsp. 256
Select Bibliography of the Works of Anthony Quintonp. 265
Indexp. 267
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