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October 25, 2006

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Brandon

I don't know how it is in English, but in philosophy we have a similar glut of 'companions', and I've found that in such cases the companions are usually best when they deal with persons or topics that scholars have barely begun to investigate. The Cambridge Companion to Malebranche, for instance, is very good, because all the scholars, and pretty much anyone who might read it, is really just beginning the hard tangled problems of figuring out what the man means. The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas, who has been studied and studied, is about the most useless volume I have ever looked at.

I am waiting for the day when I am rich enough just to up and buy my own copy of the philosophical works of Lady Mary Shepherd, currently only sold by Thoemmes Press, for $140. (An improvement, if I remember correctly; when it first came out the price was $200.) In the meantime I'll just have to scrounge up whatever I can find.

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