Review by David Bade
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Ten minutes ago I finished reading After Epistemology (in one sitting) and after the thrilling experience of all 187 pages (I even read the bibliography and index item by item) I have already asked myself if I am not entirely lacking in critical intelligence, for my only criticism is that it was only 187 pages long. I would have liked to read 187 or 1870 pages more. Perhaps an apology is in order for yet another rave review of a book by Professor Harris, but I have none to offer.
After Epistemology was even more of a surprise and even more enjoyable that I expected – and I always expect to be pleased and surprised by Harris – for some very personal reasons. First, some of the main arguments Harris makes and the conclusions he draws recalls those made – albeit in much less clear and concise a manner – between 50 and 100 years ago by two nearly unknown philosophers (Owen Barfield and Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy) whom I have long admired but from whose ideas I was never able to discern "what next?" until now. Second, I have for a long time wished – and with my reviews secretly hoped to inspire – a book by Professor Harris on information science from the perspective of his philosophy of language. I assumed that to ask him directly would draw his response "Isn't that your task?" But here we have that book, and as I should have expected, he treats the topic with an entirely unexpected approach. And finally, there is page 172 on dancing. Why that matters so much to me will, however, remain personal .....
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