Philosophy Outside-In: A Critique of Academic Reason // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

John McCumber reviews Chris Norris’s Philosophy Outside-In: A Critique of Academic Reason in the NDPR. Overall, he finds the diverse selection an excellent read. But there’s also this:

The main problems are with presentation. This chapter (like the rest of the book) reads as if quickly written. This may be an effect of the (entirely laudable) passion with which Norris writes it; but it makes his discussion hard to follow. Repetitions and a style often more peppy than precise make his underlying points harder to grasp. Thus, the possibility that the distinction between realism and anti-realism is really just a matter of temperament is given sudden discussions on page 47; why just there is unexplained. The multiple discussions of Kant as the philosophical grandfather of anti-realism (37-38, 49-50, 54-55) serve no discernible purpose, and the interjection that the whole debate would have been more salutary if it had paid more attention to continental philosophy is nowhere justified by a statement of just what such philosophy might bring.

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