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If not compelling, then at least original.
am 5. November 1999
Whether or not this introduction is compelling is a matter of dispute. It is beyond doubt, however, that Simon Blackburn has written an immensly original book. Indeed, with the blessing of the Oxford University Press he took philosophical originality to a new level. Consider, for example, a sentence on p. 16: 'But by Descartes's time things were changing. The Dutch astronomer Copernicus had discovered the helicentric (sun-centered) model of the solar system.' (Compare p. 8 to see that, as far as Copernicus's nationality is concerned, things were changed permanently.)