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1. John Gardner推荐的两本书：
First, G.A. Cohen’s posthumously published Lectures on the History of Moral and Political Philosophy (Princeton 2014). I occasionally went to some of these lectures back in the day. The book is naturally not an adequate substitute for a performance by Jerry himself, who is often in my thoughts and sorely missed. Yet the book is a wonderful reminder of and testament to the man’s amazing scholarly range, philosophical acuity, and literary facility (not to mention his legendary comic talent).
Another no-less-wonderful blast from the past, albeit temperamentally very different, is Bernard Williams’ Essays and Reviews 1959-2002 (Princeton 2014). Everything is lined up chronologically and you can read it as a kind of intellectual autobiography delivered from beyond the grave. Williams is not exactly comic but he is always wry, and often mischievous. There is lots of good political analysis as well as classic philosophical moves, including good clean versions of his well-known takes on utilitarianism and Kantian ethics. And a lot of unsqueamish demolition. Chapter 61, in particular, is surely the kind of review that (on occasions) we would all have liked to write.
Pleasantly surprised to find my Punishment noted above! My favourite of the year must be Martha Nussbaum’s Political Emotions – an absolutely superb tour de force.