Originally given in 1953 as the Adamson Lecture at Manchester University, On Philosophical Style has become the classic presentation of the thesis that profundity and clarity are not opposed philosophical virtues but rather required companions. Blanshard begins with the question: Why is it that philosophers of great perception sometimes confess a failure to comprehend certain of their colleagues? He ends with the assertion "that the problem of style is not a problem of words and sentences merely, but of being the right kind of mine." In between, there is much offered, in fine style and short compass, for those who both write and read philosophy.
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"In these few pages, Professor Blanshard has said the last word on style in philosophy. The reader is expertly conducted on a tour of inspection of all relevant areas, in and out of philosophy proper." (Virgil C. Aldrich, The Journal of Philosophy)
"Everything he says may be said about writing in general, and that some philosophers - or at least one - can write clearly, rhythmically, and profoundly is proven by the author himself." (John J. Kessler, The Humanist)
"Notable as probably the first book specifically on this subject by a distinguished philosopher." -- Bibliographie de la Philosophie
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Book Description Manchester University Press, 1954. Book Condition: Very Good. This is the Manchester University Press first printing!, 70 pp., Hardcover, light soiling to covers, previous owner's name to front free endpaper, else text clean and binding tight. Bookseller Inventory # ZB986958