Robert Spaemann's long and distinguished career has gone largely unnoticed by Anglophone philosophers. True, there has been the odd endorsement from Elizabeth Anscombe, or review by Alasdair MacIntyre; T&T Clark released his seminal Happiness and Benevolence in 2000, and two short works have appeared more recently with American publishers. But only in 2006 did OUP give us Persons: The Difference between Something and Someone, and now this handsome collection of essays, covering the period from 1953 to 2008. Spaemann tends, admittedly, to write in a more exploratory, historicizing and dialectical way than is the norm in Anglophone philosophy. But this style masks, I believe, a highly integrated and rigorous vision—a vision well conveyed by this engrossing, erudite and...

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