A World Without Why

2014.06.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Raymond Geuss, A World Without Why, Princeton University Press, 2014, 264pp., $39.50 (hbk), ISBN 9780691155883. Reviewed by
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2014.06.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Raymond Geuss, A World Without Why, Princeton University Press, 2014, 264pp., $39.50 (hbk), ISBN 9780691155883. Reviewed by Matt Sleat, University of Sheffield There is an interview available on the internet in which Raymond Geuss walks through a graveyard, gesticulating animatedly but gently, and reflecting upon the vocation of philosophy.[1] Philosophy, we are told, is nothing other than Geuss' means for survival in an otherwise horrible world, employing the talents that he was lucky enough to be endowed with to live a slightly more comfortable life than he might otherwise have had. While philosophy is not a calling, he comforts us that it is nevertheless 'of some use' to a few students each year and, thankfully, 'not reprehensible'. And in the title chapter of his new book, Geuss describes teaching philosophy as 'a mildly discreditable day job' largely directed towards churning out the... . . .

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