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Of Men and Manners: Essays Historical and Philosophical

ISBN : 9780199694556

Anthony Quinton; Anthony Kenny
288 Pages
164 x 242 mm
Pub date
Nov 2011
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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 Seven of the pieces are previously unpublished.


1. Francis Bacon: How was he Possible?
2. Spinoza
3. Dr John Radcliffe
4. La Mettrie
5. Coleridge at Home
6. The Trouble with Kant
7. Hegel Made Visible
8. Richard Monckton Milnes
9. T.H. Green
10. John Dewey's theory of knowledge
11. T.E.Hulme
12. Bergson, Whitehead, and process philosophy
13. Quine on doing without Meaning
14. Ayer's Place in the History of Philosophy
15. The Rise, Fall and Rise of Epistemology
16. The Varieties of Value
17. The Human Animal
18. The Past and Future of Freedom
19. A Cultural Crisis: the Devaluation of Values
20. A Revaluation of Values: Keeping Politics in its Place
21. Morals and Politics
22. Words about Words

About the author: 

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.

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