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 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. 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. In this challenging memoir, John Passmore 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.

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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.

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Emeritus Professor John Passmore is a distinguished philosopher whose long career has seen him teaching in many countries around the world. His works include Philosophical Reasoning, Science and its Critics and Serious Art.

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