Analytic philosophers aren't big on "intellectual history". Wittgenstein didn't rely on Aquinas any more the Gemli does. Wittgenstein owned a few Western novels and that's it, and he tried to tell his friends to resign from academia. Given Coach P. is an "avowed anglophile", you'd think he and his buddies could combat Gemli and toe the right party line at the same time. Perhaps Gemli could benefit from a primer here and there on his topics of interest, but a deep dive into historical thought while valuable for its own sake, is not prerequisite for the kind of theorizing at home at Oxford.Mr. Midgley wrote:He may have read some of them. But intellectual history? Never? Hence all that gemli blather about thousands of Gods and hundreds of religions
Ironically, the approaches to theorizing at home within the New MI; Critical Theory, Deconstruction etc., take the literary approach that Midgley recommends.