William (Christopher) Barrett Anthony Quinton - Essay

Anthony Quinton

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[The Illusion of Technique] is room service philosophy, presented with the utmost consideration for the presumed limitations of its readers….

The Illusion of Technique is, mainly, a meditation on the condition of man in the modern world that shows an increasing tendency to turn into an account, with modestly exemplary intentions, of a personal return to a strongly felt, if very nebulous, next best thing to religious faith. The project is carried out in a curious way as a more or less critical exposition of themes in the philosophies of Wittgenstein, Heidegger and William James. At times this seems an odd choice, as if a work of Vaughan Williams had been arranged for an orchestra of...

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