My review of Benjamin Kunkel's novel Indecision appears in this week's TLS. The piece is not online yet, however. (Incidentally, they've tinkered with their website, the most obvious innovation being a "Times Online" banner reflecting the paper's migration back to the bosom of its parent.)
A reader has emailed to suggest that in my post on Bernard Williams I might have chosen a different, and better, example of what Wittgenstein calls a "proposition that stands fast" than something like "there is a material world". My correspondent points out that Wittgenstein says explicitly at On Certainty 35 that "There are physical objects" is nonsense. I take it the suggestion is that I'd have done better to refer to so-called "framework" or "hinge" propositions which, as the same correspondent puts it, "are not straightforwardly empirical, since they play a role in determining what counts as evidence in the relevant form of inquiry". And I take it, further, that it's these hinge propositions which, in Wittgenstein's view, lie beyond justification (this is the thought I was trying to get at when I said that, for him, our commitment to them is "animal").