Saturday, February 6, 2016

Quote of the day

"The style is extremely graceful, but its literary merits go with a refusal to use the more ponderous devices of footnote and reference which, like metal spikes in mountain-climbing, may be inelegant but do help one over the steep places."

-- Bernard Williams, review (in Encounter, 1960) of Stuart Hampshire's Thought and Action, reprinted in Williams, Essays and Reviews 1959-2002 (p.11).


JS said...

That's amazing. I don't read a ton of philosophy these days, but always really liked Williams, and am now minded to get this.

LFC said...

The book is really kind of fun -- though I've been reading it very selectively. It's a lot of mostly short-ish pieces so one can pick and choose.