Books Received | Published:

Essays in Common-sense Philosophy

Nature volume 104, page 352 (04 December 1919) | Download Citation



IF any man of science, perplexed at the disturbing challenge which philosophy throws down to the assumptions as to plain matter of fact on which science rests, wants comfort and support for his intellectual framework from within philosophy itself, he will find and certainly enjoy it in the delightfully clear essays of Mr. Joad. It is a somewhat unusual thing for a young writer to make his début in philosophy by rejecting every temptation to paradox and any attempt to startle the “plain man,” and setting himself the apparently easy but really very difficult task of convincing the “plain man” that his views about the universe are not likely to be very far removed from truth. Yet this is what Mr. Joad sets out to do.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

About this article

Publication history




  1. Search for H. W. C. in:


By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.

Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing