chapter  2
The crisis in the humanities and the mainstream of philosophy
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Assume that a nuclear war destroys Britain. The only surviving collection of documents is the library of a philosopher of the recently fashionable linguistic school who, perhaps emulating the legendary self-exile of the Master in Norway, settled on a lonely island in the Outer Hebrides. This linguo-hermit, we shall assume, was one of those who divested himself of all old works of thought, somewhat ashamed of having ever owned them,1 so that this sole extant library consists of linguo-philosophic works only.