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Essays in Common-sense Philosophy

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

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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.

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