[EPUB] ✸ Witcraft By Jonathan Rée – Tbjewellers.co.uk 'Astonishing enjoy its riches slowly and savour every generous erudite and undogmatic page' Boyd Tonkin Financial Times'We English men have wits' wrote the clergyman Ralph Lever in 1573 and 'we have a 'Astonishing enjoy its riches slowly and savour every generous erudite and undogmatic page' Boyd Tonkin Financial Times'We English men have wits' wrote the clergyman Ralph Lever in and 'we have also framed unto ourselves a language' Witcraft is a fresh and brilliant history of how philosophy became established in English It presents a new form of philosophical storytelling and challenges what Jonathan Rée calls the 'condescending smugness' of traditional histories of philosophy Rée tells the story of philosophy as it was lived and practised embedded in its time and place by men and women from many walks of life engaged with the debates and culture of their age And by focusing on the rich history of works in English including translations he shows them to be uite as colourful diverse inventive and cosmopolitan as their continental counterparts Witcraft offers new and compelling intellectual portraits not only of celebrated British and American philosophers such as Hume Emerson Mill and James but also of the remarkable philosophical work of literary authors such as William Hazlitt and George Eliot as well as a carnival of overlooked characters priests and poets teachers servants and crofters thinking for themselves and reaching their own conclusions about religion politics art and everything elseThe book adopts a novel structure examining its subject at fifty year intervals from the sixteenth century to the twentieth Researched over decades and illuminated by uotations from extensive archival material it is a book full of stories and personalities as well as ideas and shows philosophy springing from the life around it Witcraft overturns the established orthodoxies of the history of philosophy and celebrates the diversity vitality and inventiveness of philosophical thought.
Jonathan Rée is a freelance philosopher who used to teach at Middlesex University in London but gave up lecturing in order to have time to think and was for many years associated with the magazine Radical Philosophy His work has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement the London Review of Books and elsewhere.
- 768 pages
- Jonathan Rée
- 15 July 2016 Jonathan Rée