THE CASE OF THE PHILOSOPHER'S RING by Randall Collins

THE CASE OF THE PHILOSOPHER'S RING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sherlock Holmes meets Bertrand Russell. And Ludwig Wittgenstein. And the Cambridge Apostles--Moore, Hardy, Keynes, et al. Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Annie Besant. And many, many more--when Bertie summons Holmes to Cambridge U. (circa 1914) to figure out who's trying to bedevil the brain of Bertie's guest and colleague Ludwig, who's on the brink of intuiting and positing Big Things. At the root of all the fuss, of course, is Aleister Crowley's satanic mysticism; so he and Wittgenstein end up in a Reichenbach Falls-style duel on a sea cliff in Sicily. Sounds like fun? It's not--unless you're a grad student deeply enough into theosophy or the philosophy of math to extract a few academic giggl. Highly learned--but stiff and cute.

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 1978
ISBN: 1906288224
Publisher: Crown