The Question (ID Number 132)...
...and the response:I myself would never dream of trying to bring people to my way of thinking in a social setting. The ideas, while not abstruse in themselves, are organized in a way that is clearly alien to our cultural preconceptions. In effect, I was compelled to commit them to paper because no other way could succeed. There's nothing unusual about this, of course. You can, I suppose talk ABOUT The Critique of Pure Reason over cocktails (to people who are familiar with it), but over cocktails you certainly wouldn't undertake to explain it comprehensively to a group that had never heard of it. What is most likely to happen in a social setting is that two or three people who have read ISHMAEL or THE STORY OF B will starting talking about it, with the result that others in the group will be intrigued---and asked for explanations. People are obviously much more receptive to information they've asked for than to information that is being offered unasked.
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