A Prickly Affair: The Charm of the Hedgehog by Hugh Warwick

By Hugh Warwick

Detect the various wonders of the hedgehog: a humorous, fascinating creature of the nation-state. sporting its secrets and techniques underneath patterned spinesand roaming our fields, parks and gardens, why is it that the hedgehog fascinates such a lot of people? In A Prickly Affair, Hugh Warwick - existence member of the British Hedgehog maintenance Society - explores the quirky humour, false impression and affection that characterises our emotions for this marvellous beast, going all out to provide an explanation for the allure of the hedgehog. even if hedgehog psychics and the overseas Hedgehog Olympics could be an excessive amount of even for him...

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40. Deseartes was named only in earlier drafts. 35 Discours, Sect. 36; Discourse on Metaphysics (ed. and trans. 82. 36 Discours, Sect 37; Discourse on Metaphysics (ed. and trans. 83. 37 See, for instance, his discussion of faith and reason in New Essays Conceming Human Understanding, Book IV, Ch. Xviii. 38 The demonstrations of natural immortality based on the simplicity of the soul are frequent in Leibniz's writings. See for instance, his Prefaee to the New Essays Conceming Human Understanding.

18 Traite de la nature et de la Gräce, I xliii; Oeuvres Completes (ed. 63; Treatise (trans. 137. 19 Oeuvres de Descanes (ed. 201; Philosophical Writings 0/ Descanes (trans. 108. 270f. 21 Nieolas Malebranche, The Search after Truth, ed. and trans. by Thomas M. Lennon and Paul J. 448. 22 See Patriek Riley, The General Will Be/ore Rousseau: The Transformation of the Divine into the Civic (New Jersey: Princeton UP, 1986). 46. , 1 I, in Oeuvres CompLetes (ed. 215; Dialogues on Metaphysics and Religion (trans.

Are no more than the effects ofGod's wil1. 34 The political metaphor is more extended in Leibniz than in Malebranche and is taken in a different direction. Whereas Malebranche's God is an absolute monarch, caring for nothing more than the magnification of his own glory, Leibniz has it that the King of Heaven cares for nothing more than the Stuart Brown 13 happiness of his subjects. Whereas Malebranche's God is accountable only to bimself, Leibniz's God is almost accountable to bis subjects. In concocting the word 'theodicy' Leibniz was not just giving the name to an existing branch of natural theology but in some measure changing its character.

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