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DFW's unpublished thesis

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For all its inscrutability, though, the thesis represents an important phase in Wallace’s development. Once its goals and ambitions are understood, the paper casts a revealing light on the early stages of his struggle to use the powers of his formidable mind for the higher good: to protect against the seductions of the intellect, and to find solid ground for his most urgent and heartfelt convictions.

James Ryerson looks at David Foster Wallace's unpublished undergraduate honors thesis, "Richard Taylor's 'Fatalism' and the Semantics of Physical Modality." If you're wondering why an undergrad paper might be more than a bit of completism for DFW geeks, remember that he was regarded as being a star in the making within the small, elite world of contemporary philosophy.

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