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Issue Details: First known date: 1979... 1979 Bushmen in Porcelain Palaces : Knowing and Mistaking in Such is Life
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Wilson argues that the dominant themes of Such is Life are the conflict between free will and determinism, and the nature of knowledge. Wilson demonstrates that both inductive and deductive reasoning are practised by characters in the novel and argues that they reflect, respectively, European and Australian methods of reasoning. The novel dramatizes Tom Collins' mistakes after using both types of reasoning, reflecting the uncertainty of knowledge, and demonstrating that categoric and tautegoric knowledge frequently cohabitate in human experience.

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    y separately published work icon Southerly vol. 39 no. 2 June 1979 Z594605 1979 periodical issue 1979 pg. 123-142
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