Why Truth Matters.
Go on then. We are agog…
Hmm, yes, so am I. I seem to have played Charlie Brown to his Lucy again. He suggested I do a N&C straightaway to say we were going to do this, so I did. Well – erm – (cough, cough) – sorry to have rung the bell early. We’re going to do a spot of arm-wrestling here sometime, maybe, unless the event gets canceled.
Hey, give me a chance! Great thoughts require time to percolate (40 odd years, and I’m still waiting)…
Oh I see, you’re percolating!
Oh dear – I suppose that means I’ll be expected to say something sensible and percolated too. Oh dear – I so much prefer just spraying out my first thoughts and then running happily off to do something else.
I have hereby ordered my copy of Why Truth Matters. Just so you know.
I’m a little afraid, however, I may be getting into a bit of a rut, doing this. Insofar as my last several book purchases have been yours, Harris’ The End of Faith, and Wheen’s How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered The World. And Taner Edis’ The Ghost in the Universe was probably only some six or seven purchases back from those.
There are worse things, I suppose. I’m just gonna call it a theme, or something. Looking forward to its arrival.
Sorry about the rut, AJ. Read some poetry by way of ladder out of the rut! Or some Proust. Or The Tale of Genji. Or Werther, or Hamlet, or Wuthering Heights.
P.S. Thanks for ordering. I needed cheering up.
I have ordered and received, and am currently perusing. Just finished Chapter 4; your treatment of the social constructionists is admirably clear and devastating. Or at least it is in my view; of course, I never bought their line in the first place.
Ah – thank you. I worked really hard on that chapter – on being fair to them.
You’re most welcome. Expect I’ll quite enjoy it, and it was on the list anyway; your post just reminded me.
And I think I’ll take your advice on Proust.
Why Truth Matters is on order.
Can’t say when I’ll get around to reading it, though.
You see, I’ve just received the new Penguin translation of In Search of Lost Time.
*Sigh* Ars longa, vita brevis . . .
Like Elliot, on order but in a queue. My daughter gave me ‘Freedom Evolves’ for my birthday last week, and a bottle of single malt. Guess I did something right.
Bought a copy yesterday, have read 4 chapters so far.
I really like how it is pitched. For me at least, it manages to convey all the ideas – both the various schools of thought and the authors’ comments on them – with perfect clarity. (I speak as a philosophical tadpole rather than a wise old toad).
Only two very minor quibbles: a “further reading” list would be welcome and the quotatino on the back of the cover – that truth is important because we are (to our knowledge) the only species capable of getting it – is a non-sequitur. (The argument reads better when given fully inside).
Marvellous job – congrats to you both.
(Is there a prize for sycophant of the month?)
Hey, thanks, Paul, I missed this comment. (No doubt in the excitement of the change from April to May.)
Further reading list. Dang, I wish we’d done that. I love those. (Mind you – you can always just visit ‘Favourites’ in ‘In the Library’ right here. Same effect.)