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By Frederic Raphael   December 1997

There must be authors who go to bookshops for readings without being confronted only with an uneasy manager and an audience who had expected someone else. I am not of their award-winning number. Hence I went glumly to Waterstone’s on Guy Fawkes’ Night (when will someone demonstrate against the celebration of the torture and execution of a brave and honourable man?) in order to take part in a post-Platonic dialogue with Ray Monk.

I scarcely expected a shop full of fans for the launch of the first dozen of the Great Philosophers series which we have been editing, especially as…

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