A Life in Oxford from John Murray Publishers Ltd

A Life in Oxford from John Murray Publishers Ltd

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Readers of Anthony Kenny's earlier memoir A Path from Rome will recall the remarkable story of his training for Roman Catholic Orders, his loss of faith in the Church, and the painful transition from priest to philosophy don.
That memoir became widely known, not least because it described a path to laicization - lonely then - which later became a high road. Yet it was in its author's eyes the story of a failure, after which it seemed that happiness would never again be possible. This sequel is a story both of success and of unexpectedly profound contentment. In it Anthony Kenny, now agnostic, brings to marriage, philosophy and academic life the penetrating intelligence and integrity of conscience demanded by his earlier life.
As Fellow and later Master of Balliol, we see him coping with the student uprisings of the 1960s, taking on the government over funding and permits (and making full use of Balliol alumni on all sides), leading undergraduate reading parties to the spartan chalet in the Swiss Alps bequeathed by Sligger Urquhart, writing on an immense range of subjects from the statistical measurement of style to the Anglo-Irish agreement of 1985, and travelling to lend moral and practical support to philosophers in trouble in Prague and Yugoslavia.
We also observe from the ringside the notorious debate over Mrs Thatcher's honorary degree and its subsequent fallout, and the battle over the election of a new Chancellor to succeed Harold Macmillan. Finally, Anthony Kenny leaves his beloved Balliol, honouring a promise he had made to himself to hold the Mastership no longer than twelve years.
Since leaving Balliol, Sir Anthony Kenny has gone on to become Warden of Rhodes House, President of the British Academy and Chairman of the Board of the British Library.
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