- Author:Richard A. Watson
- Publisher:David R Godine (June 1, 2003)
- Pages:128 pages
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In THE PHILOSOPHER'S DEMISE, Watson proves to be a wonderful guide through French culture. Certainly, he enjoys Paris, despite its noise.
In THE PHILOSOPHER'S DEMISE, Watson proves to be a wonderful guide through French culture. But he also bristles at its imperious and aloof elites and spares us the usual obsequious observations about French food and French style. Richard Watson's book was an entertaining read - it was hard to put down once I started reading it. It is not just about his struggle to learn French - it is about how it feels to be on the outside looking in, and about how it feels to face unprecedented, inexplicable failure. The author is introspective, and he relates his experiences in an amusing and thoughtful way.
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Richard Allan Watson (23 February 1931 – 18 September 2019) was an American philosopher, speleologist and author. Watson taught philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis for forty years. He was considered one of the foremost living authorities on Descartes. He was an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy for Washington University in St. Louis.
Philosophers Demise : Learning to Speak French. by Richard A. Watson.
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Already an accomplished reader of French, Watson found himself forced to learn to speak the language when he was invited to present a paper in Paris in French. A private crash course and lessons at the Alliance FranÃ§aise only served to point out how difficult it can be to learn any foreign language, especially later in life. As he confronts his own national prejudices, Watson weaves in digressions on the contrasts between France and America, on the mysteries of French engineering, and on eccentric French cavers. This wry, witty book is not just for anyone who has ever tried to learn another language, but for anyone who has yearned desperately to learn something and worked to the limit to achieve it.