In this his first collection of writings for many years, Anthony Quinton addresses the central political, philosophical and religious issues of our day. The book is divided into four sections. The first considers large political and social questions, culminating in the question of modern ethics.
The second applies ideas to specific social and educational concerns. The third part takes a historical and thematic line to consider imperialism, property, madness and homosexuality from perspectives previously established. The final section, which begins with his essay on The Inner Life, considers the claims of the imagination and the limits of subjectivity in the art and the lives of artists and philosophers.
It is here that we get the wry juxtaposition of Wodehouse and Wittgenstein.