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Towards the Meaning of Thought


AT the present rate of change in world affairs, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find an atmosphere calm enough in which to take stock, and to attempt an assessment of relative values. Simultaneously, we are even enjoined to leave our ‘ivory tower’—if ever we thought we lived in one—and to get to grips with events. The good advice, occasionally tendered to travellers on the western side of the Atlantic, to ‘sit back and relax’ is out of favour. Thus, the very qualities, seemingly so necessary for finding our way, are more or less frowned upon as symptomatic of philosophic indolence. How refreshing it is, therefore, to have a book by a distinguished Danish professor, who does all the things, and thinks all the thoughts, disdained by the advocates of ‘up and doing’.

The Foundation of Human Thought

The Problem of Science and Ethics. By Prof. Fr. Vinding Kruse. Pp. 404. (London : Oxford University Press ; Copenhagen : Einar Munksgaard, 1949.) 30s. net.

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RAWLINS, F. Towards the Meaning of Thought. Nature 164, 852–853 (1949).

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