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Terribly Serious Adventure

Nikhil Krishnan

A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year 2023

A New York Times 'Critics' Pick' Book of 2023

'A real achievement'
New Statesman

'Beautifully portrays - and exemplifies - the combined wit and profundity, exuberance and rigour, of Oxford analytic philosophy' TLS

A Country Life Best Book of 2023

What are the limits of language? How to bring philosophy closer to everyday life? What makes a good human being?

These were among the questions that philosophers wrestled with in mid-twentieth-century Britain, a period shadowed by war and the rise of fascism. In response to these events, thinkers such as Gilbert Ryle, J. L. Austin, Elizabeth Anscombe and Iris Murdoch aspired to a new level of watchfulness and self-awareness about language. Being vigilant about their words was their way to keep philosophy true to everyday experience.

A Terribly Serious Adventure traces the friendships and the rivalries, the shared preoccupations and the passionate disagreements of Oxford's most brilliant thinkers. Nikhil Krishnan brings his knowledge and understanding of philosophy to bear on the lives and intellectual achievements of a large and lively cast of characters. Together, they stood for a compelling moral vision of philosophy that is still with us today.

  • Classification : PHILOSOPHY
  • Pub Date : MAR 14, 2024
  • Imprint : Profile Books
  • Page Extent : 416
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9781800812383
  • Price : INR 799
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Nikhil Krishnan

This riveting and beautifully written book offers a compelling insight into the various ways in which philosophy developed in Oxford in the first half of the twentieth century. Anyone with a specialist interest in philosophy during this period is sure to be captivated by the book, but there will be plenty of interest for others too, as Krishnan expertly sets his narrative in the context of the two wars and the surrounding political turmoil

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