The Moral Minority

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Philosophy in mid-20th-century Oxford was dominated by analysis of the meaning of words. Impressed with the logical positivism of the Vienna Circle, Oxford philosophers had drawn a strict line around empirically verifiable propositions (‘there is a cat on the mat’) and regarded anything falling outside that area as failing to tell us about how the […]

Scholars & Psychics

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

White men, superlatively educated, exclusive and discerning in their social and cultural tastes, who have no respect for ill-thought-out majority opinions and scorn Little Englander nativism are not à la mode. Daisy Dunn’s ‘conversation piece’ study of three 20th-century Oxford classicists is consequently a book of obstinate integrity. It is, too, eager and sprightly, sometimes […]

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