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On Philosophical Style (Key Texts (South Bend, Ind.).) [Paperback]

By Brand Blanshard & Michael Walsh (Introduction by)
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Pages   69
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2009
Publisher   St. Augustines Press
ISBN  1890318531  
EAN  9781890318536  

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Originally given in 1953 as the Adamson Lecture at Manchester University, On Philosophical Style has become the classic presentation of the thesis that profundity and clarity are not opposed philosophical virtues but rather required companions. Blanshard begins with the question: Why is it that philosophers of great perception sometimes confess a failure to comprehend certain of their colleagues? He ends with the assertion "that the problem of style is not a problem of words and sentences merely, but of being the right kind of mine". In between, there is much offered, in fine style and short compass, for those who both write and read philosophy.

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Top-notch advice from a master of philosophical prose style  Jan 19, 1999
Brand Blanshard's prose style was itself a seamless implementation of the content of his philosophy: intelligible, clear, precise, and invariably suffused by what he called the "rational temper." In this book (really an extended essay) he offers helpful advice to would-be writers of philosophical prose -- advice that he had more than earned the right to give.

This single volume, if its advice were heeded, would have spared us the dark cogitations of many an obfuscatory philosopher and left the field of philosophy in the hands of those who had something to say. Those who are impressed by the bold pronouncements of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein will find little solace here, but anyone who expects philosophers actually to love wisdom will be delighted to encounter a kindred spirit. Read it not only to profit from its advice on prose style but also to absorb something of the spirit of twentieth century philosophy's greatest exemplar of reasonableness.

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