The Aesthetics of Argument

2016.12.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Martin Warner, The Aesthetics of Argument, Oxford University Press, 2016, 318pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198737117. Reviewed
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2016.12.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Martin Warner, The Aesthetics of Argument, Oxford University Press, 2016, 318pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198737117. Reviewed by Michael Bell, University of Warwick The nature of thought is notoriously elusive. Is it best understood through its purer and more impersonal forms such as logic or as the outcome of the complex psychic processes in which it is embedded? Nor is it clear how far the available discourse is a help or a hindrance; whether it makes discriminations or creates illusory entities. What do people mean, or think they mean, when they say my heart tells me one thing and my head another? Martin Warner quotes T. S. Eliot's remark that Pascal's dictum 'the heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing', far from exalting the heart over the head or offering 'a defence of unreason' (p. 259), is rather declaring that the heart 'is itself... Read More

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