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A Terribly Serious Adventure


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An absorbing group biography of the Oxford thinkers who transformed philosophical thought in twentieth-century Britain

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Nikhil Krishnan is a Fellow in Philosophy at Robinson College, Cambridge. He completed his doctorate in Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New Yorker, New Statesman, Daily Telegraph and Literary Review.


'As Cambridge undergraduates we read Ryle, Williams, Wittgenstein, Anscombe, Ayer... some we heard in lectures, others we read in books; but we never saw them as a tribe, widely differing but part of the same association of human beings on the same adventure: people who knew each other. Krishnan brings that association - its ideas, of course, but its characters too - wonderfully to life' - Matthew Parris

'A compelling story-teller, Krishnan brings human sympathy and acuity to his very readable book. Past debates spring vividly to life, with all their drama and comedy: so we understand how philosophers walked-and-talked, suffered and interacted. Recommended to everyone interested in ideas, not just students of philosophy' - Peter Conradi, author

'This riveting and beautifully written book offers a compelling insight into the various ways in which philosophy developed in Oxford in the first half of the twentieth century. Anyone with a specialist interest in philosophy during this period is sure to be captivated by the book, but there will be plenty of interest for others too, as Krishnan expertly sets his narrative in the context of the two wars and the surrounding political turmoil' - Adrian Moore, philosopher and author

'This is Oxford philosophy in the round. The philosophical arguments (clearly explained), the personal lives, the colourful quotes, the elbow patches and buttered crumpets. Brilliantly written' - James Franklin, author

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