HEADS: A METAFICTIONAL HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, 1762-1975
by ALAN GOLDFEIN
182 pages. Morrow. $5.95.
What a great debt we all owe to the great philosophers! Yet, to be candid about it, in these great times who needs another great debt? For the wisdom of men like Rousseau, Nietzsche, Hegel tends to be preserved in sedimentary chapters of books more likely to be found in the attic than on the coffee table. Lives there a middlebrow who does not resent the great philosophers?
For wretches whose inadequacy takes this direction (the reviewer is admitting nothing),...