The History of Human Reason had a very ambivalent reception, but the way the comments were published was unfortunate. From Leslie Smith (Piaget’s leading Anglophone interpreter) and Michael Barnes (author of the widely read Stages of Thought), I received very complimentary private emails. From others I received very public condemnation – no, I don’t think that is too harsh a term – and was accused of most of the more reactionary sins in the intellectual calendar. However, of the two critiques of which I am aware, I can only say that, not only are the principle criticisms levelled again my book unfounded but they can be refuted from the text of The History of Human Reason itself. But the damage done by published critiques is not undone by private congratulations.

You can read my reply to the published critics here.

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