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It was my textbook for Introduction to Philosophy at university. I recall not liking the book that much but I did take it seriously though probably more than I ought to have. I was reading Karl Popper outside of class. I took Popper more seriously. John Hospers was not an Ayn Rand devotee but he admired her and her work. He was a libertarian with a capital "A" and his textbook while not Original Review: I would have to look at my college transcript to know when I first read this textbook.
He was a libertarian with a capital "A" and his textbook while not reeking of that nonsense has about it a stench. Still, Hospers was a lucid writer. I still own the textbook. It is somewhere in my apartment. My state university department of philosophy had strong teachers but also a pervasive positivist cast at certain levels. The head the department thought of philosophy as a social science, not a liberal art which did position to some degree what we studies, though never without some opposition or difference.
A friend was the student instructor in the course. He used this text pretty much as a ground or base for the course. I no longer recall my grade. On the whole Hospers covered the basic inclinations of Western Philosophy competently and often quite well.
He discussed much more actually. His political basis was not evident to me at the time and probably expressed my own views at the moment anyway. I was not quite up to grasping Popper at the time anyway. Hospers covered the gap. I was not quite up to Popper at that moment. I did outside reading during the course.
I think Hospers provided background for what I was thinking. I did not really grasp Popper at the time. The dates I read are guesses.
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