© 2000

The Raymond Tallis Reader

  • Michael Grant

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. The Explicit Animal

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Michael Grant
      Pages 3-28
    3. Michael Grant
      Pages 29-64
    4. Michael Grant
      Pages 65-108
  3. The Nature of Language

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-110
    2. Michael Grant
      Pages 111-136
    3. Michael Grant
      Pages 137-142
  4. The Centrality of the Conscious Human Agent

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Michael Grant
      Pages 145-173
    3. Michael Grant
      Pages 174-224
  5. The Errors of Post-Saussurean Thought

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-226
    2. Michael Grant
      Pages 227-252
    3. Michael Grant
      Pages 253-283
    4. Michael Grant
      Pages 284-288
    5. Michael Grant
      Pages 289-306
  6. The Two Cultures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-308
    2. Michael Grant
      Pages 330-342
  7. The Nature of Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-344

About this book


The Raymond Tallis Reader provides a comprehensive survey of the work of this passionate, perceptive and often controversial thinker. Key selections from Tallis's major works are supplemented by Michael Grant's detailed introduction and linking commentary. From nihilism to Theorrhoea, from literary theory to the role of the unconscious, The Raymond Tallis Reader guides us through the panoptic sweep of Tallis's critical insights and reveals a way of thinking for the twenty-first century.


culture knowledge literary theory nature nihilism Saussure British and Irish Literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Grant
    • 1
  1. 1.Rutherford CollegeThe University of KentCanterburyUK

About the editors

RAYMOND TALLIS trained as a doctor at the University of Oxford and St. Thomas's hospital. Since 1987 he has been Professor and a consultant physician in Health Care of the Elderly in Salford. Over the last fifteen years, he has written extensively outside of medicine. He has published short stories and poetry and been (?) for his critiques of post-Saussurean thought, his reflections on art and science and his discussions of the philosophy of mind. He was recently described in The Times Education Supplement as 'one of the most intriguing figures in the current intellectual scene'. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Hull in 1997 for his contributions to literary scholarship.

MICHAEL GRANT is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury. His publications include T.S. Eliot: The Critical Heritage (1982) and Dead Ringers (1997).

Bibliographic information


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