|Publication Date: 20 Sep 2018|
|Publisher: SPCK Publishing|
|Page Count: 224|
|Author: Anthony Kenny|
|ISBN-13: 9780281079193, 9780281079216|
In these brilliantly vivid vignettes Kenny offers telling and often unexpected insights into the achievements, flaws and foibles of sixty public figures - past and present - each of whom has contributed in decisive ways to our political, spiritual and cultural heritage.
1. Three Priests: Alexander Jones, Jack Kennedy, Herbert McCabe
2. Three Cardinals: W.T, Heard, J.C. Heenan, C. Murphy O’Connor
3. Three Anglicans: Austin Farrer, Henry Chadwick, Richard Harries
4 Three Oxford Dons: Christoppher Cox, Russell Meiggs, Richard Cobb
5. Three Heads of House: Christopher Hill, Isaiah Berlin, Daphne Park
6. Three Benefactors: Bill Coolidge, Irwin Miller, David Astor
7. Three Businessmen: Robert Maxwell, Warwick Fairfax, John Templeton
8. Three Oxford Philosophers: Gilbert Ryle, R.M. Hare, Philippa Foot
9. Three Wittgensteinians: Elizabeth Anscombe, Peter Geach, G.H. von Wright
10. Three Overseas Philosophers: W.V.Quine, Ernst Tugendhat, Jacques Derrida
11. Three Prime Ministers: Harold Macmillan, Ted Heath, Margaret Thatcher
12. Three British Statesmen: Denis Healey, Roy Jenkins, Chris Patten
13. Three Privy Councillors: Peter Brooke, Boris Johnson, Yvette Cooper
14. Three Heads of State: King Olav V, Francesco Cossiga, Bill Clinton
15. Three Judges: Jim Kilbrandon, Tom Bingham, Laurie Ackermann
16. Three Dissidents: Ivan Supek, Mihailo Marcovich, Julius Tomin
17. Three Irish Leaders: Charlie Haughey, Garret FitzGerald, Mary Robinson
18. Three South African Leaders: Desmond Tutu, Mampela Ramphele, Nelson Mandela
19. Three Novelists: Graham Greene, Iris Murdoch, David Lodge
20. Three Scientists: Noam Chomsky, Richard Dawkins, Denis Noble
As a painter of biographical portraits Anthony Kenny excels as a brilliant miniaturist. This is a marvellously stimulating way to approach autobiography. The range of his friendships and acquaintances is immense.
Few academic philosophers have had successful careers in public life as well as in scholarship. Among those few Sir Anthony Kenny stands out for the wide range of his intellect and the lively style with which he addresses both the realm of exalted ideas and the world of ordinary facts. These vignettes offer an engaging record of people who have mattered, from a writer who has always wondered whether he really belongs to our public culture, even though sitting at the top of it.
Kenny's style is unpretentious, effective, and at times wonderfully informal and amiable.