Under The Sun

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

This book review, by Jerry Fodor, is a clinic on how to write philosophy:

""Dr Livingstone, I presume?" Stanley was spot on: it was Dr Livingstone. Elsewise his presuming so wouldn't have become the stuff of legend. A question suggests itself: how did he manage to presume so cleverly? Of all the things that Stanley might have presumed, how did he hit on the one that was both pertinent and true? Why didn't he presume Queen Victoria, for example? Or Tower Bridge?"

Read the whole thing.

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