Memoirs of a semi-detached Australian

Memoirs of a semi-detached Australian

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Autobiography of philosopher John Passmore.

Memoirs of a semi-detached Australian

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In this vivid and iconoclastic memoir, John Passmore takes us on an unsentimental journey from his childhood in Manly, then half-village, half-resort—'seven miles from Sydney, a thousand miles from care'—to the hot-house environment of the University of Sydney, and on to the realities of his imagined Europe. These physical voyages—first across the harbour, then half-way around the globe—were rites of passage. The first marked the end of the fierce parochialism of childhood, inducting him into university life at a time of intellectual and political controversy, when the proceedings of philosophy congresses were routinely reported in the daily press. The second saw the death of 'the little boy from Manly' and his replacement by a semi-detached Australian—not a rootless 'citizen of the world', but an Australian whose angle of vision had been permanently changed.

John Passmore's quirky, lively and independent mind and his controversial and often pugnacious opinions will challenge and stimulate his readers. In this book he mounts a passionate defence of the life of the mind, displaying the intellectual energy and insight that has made him a philosopher of international stature.

Hard cover, 274pgs, illustrated, index. As new. .

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Short Description Autobiography of philosopher John Passmore.
Weight (g) 622.0000
Author John Passmore
Publisher Melbourne University Press
Date Published 1997
ISBN 0522847668
Size 225mm x 150mm

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