I’ve only just started reading T.M. Scanlon’s What We Owe Each Other. It’s an amazing book, and it’s proving very useful in working in Chapter the second. My sabbatical has been a humbling experience in terms of how much I really got done, but Scanlon’s acknowledgements made me dribble coffee all over myself:
In September 1979, I set out to write a book in moral philosophy. I had leave from Princeton fro teh year and a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College in Oxford, and I expected, quite unrealistically as it turned out, to complete a draft of the book that year. Now, more than eighteen years later, I have finally finished the task.
AIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHGHGHGHGGHGHGHGHGHGHGHG. EIGHTEEN YEARS?