Description - New British Philosophy by Julian Baggini
From popular introductions to biographies and television programmes, philosophy is everywhere. Many people even want to be philosophers, usually in the cafe or the pub. But what do real philosophers do? What are the big philosophical issues of today? Why do they matter? How did some our best philosophers get into philosophy in the first place? Read New British Philosophy and find out for the first time. Clear, engaging and designed for a general audience, sixteen fascinating interviews with some of the top philosophers from the new generation of the subject's leaders range from music to the mind and feminism to the future of philosophy. Each interview is introduced and conducted by Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom of The Philosophers Magazine. This is a unique snapshot of philosophy in Great Britain today and includes interviews with: Ray Monk - Biography; Nigel Warburton - the Public; Aaron Ridley - Music; Jonathan Wolff - Politics; Roger Crisp - Ethics; Rae Langton - Pornography; Miranda Fricker - Knowledge; M.G.F.Martin - Perception; Timothy Williamson - Vagueness; Tim Crane - Mind; Robin Le Poidevin - Metaphysics; Christina Howells - Sartre; Simon Critchley - Phenomenology; Simon Glendinning - Continental; Stephen Mulhall - the Future; Keith Ansell Pearson - the Human.
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Philosophy in the popular sense is currently ubiquitous but much about it still remains tantalizingly enigmatic. What are the key issues of the day and who exactly is involved in finding out? How did these people become philosophers and do the topics they're debating really have relevance for contemporary society? These questions form the backbone of what is a surprisingly engaging as well as erudite appraisal of British philosophy at the beginning of the 21st century. Baggini and Stangroom are editors of the magazine Philosophy Now and they've devised a simple yet successful format that works wonders. Each chapter is prefaced by a brief preface setting both the specific topic and the individual in context; a short, often entertaining interview follows, concluded by a mini-bibliography that whets the appetite of the interested reader. Straightforward indeed, but such a structure is vital in conveying the essence of each very distinct branch of philosophy; despite the breadth of material covered here the temptation of verbosity is always kept at bay, every page admirably sharp and succinct, entirely to the editors' credit. Metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics and existentialism appear here as expected, but so too do more eclectic, intriguing offshoots like philosophical biography, feminism and even a chapter examining the public perception of philosophy as a subject. The interview format allows each different subject far more scope for vitality and colour than is usually found in academic guides and as such is invaluable for anyone seeking an accessible, enjoyable introduction to modern philosophy. Equally interesting are the diverse backgrounds of the people profiled here who represent most schools of contemporary thought. Collectively it's a truly stimulating, challenging book that would reward any seeker of wisdom. (Kirkus UK)
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