1 NOVEMBER 1930, Page 35

Mr. C. E. M. Joad continues to fulfil with distinction

his function of cat-fish in the tank of contemporary philosophy. With unfailing zest he applies.thc stimulus of his restless mind and unfashionable vitalistic' theories to -all its turgid inhabi- tants ; ruthlessly stirring up our respectable and established notions of metaphysics, religion, education and art. Some of his most suggestive and disconcerting comments on these last subjects are to be found in the pages of Common-sense Theology, published eight years ago. This vigorous work hardly received the attention it deserved ; we are therefore glad to have, in Unorthodox Dialogues on Art and Education (Senn, 6s.) a revised reprint in handy form of some of its most provocative pages. This lively work should be widely read, not only for its alert wit and unsparing criticism of our intel- lectual stupidities and insincerities, our lazy distrust of novelty and avoidance of unpalatable truths, but also for the power with which the writer's positive convictions concerning the function of artist and teacher as agents of the Life-force " are stated and applied.

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