Coetzee on Roth


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From J.M. Coetzee’s review of Philip Roth’s latest novel, Nemesis.

How is it possible that we can knowingly act against our own interests? Are we indeed, as we like to think of ourselves, rational agents; or are the decisions we arrive at dictated by more primitive forces, on whose behalf reason merely provides rationalizations?

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