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The Oxford Project: An Introduction

Lackey, Dp;

Philosophical Forum, Spring 2016, Vol.47(1), pp.17-18 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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    The Oxford Project: An Introduction
  • Author: Lackey, Dp
  • Description: They came without warning, into our office, box after box of Oxford University Press philosophy books, 58 books at the last counting, and more arriving every day, three or four thousand dollars' worth of books. One must assume that the press wants these books reviewed, which is a bit of a puzzle, as The Philosophical Forum does not, on a regular basis, review books. But we recall that, several years ago, we reviewed Terence Irwin's three volume Oxford study, "The Development of Ethics," assigning 96 different reviewers to its 96 different chapters. Perhaps that unique effort was noticed by Oxford, and this has generated a belated thanks with 58 further volumes. Seeing this intellectual feast set out before us, it occurred to us that we could use this crop of books to take the pulse of the philosophy profession, as we find it in 2015. We have undertaken to review 16 of these books, and report the remainder as gratefully "received." What we find is that, in the Oxford world, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Hume are still the reigning philosophical gods, although the Platonic seventh letter comes in for a beating. There are as many books on Hume's nemesis, Thomas Reid, as on the man himself. Hegel, once the pride of Oxford lists, is limited to a single entry, as is continental philosophy, represented by a recycled book on Levinas. Of the history of philosophy we can say, "im Westen, nicht neues" except for a translation of six treatises by the middle-rank Cartesian, Géraud de Cordemoy.
  • Is Part Of: Philosophical Forum, Spring 2016, Vol.47(1), pp.17-18
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0031806X ; DOI: 10.1111/phil.12091
  • Subjects: Philosophy ; Books
  • Language: English

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