Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers

Hardcover | April 15, 2014

byRichard Marshall

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The appeal of philosophy has always been its willingness to speak to those pressing questions that haunt us as we make our way through life. What is truth? Could we think without language? Is materialism everything? But in recent years, philosophy has been largely absent from mainstreamcultural commentary. Many have come to believe that the field is excessively technical and inward-looking and that it has little to offer outsiders.The 25 interviews collected in this volume, all taken from a series of online interviews with leading philosophers published by the cultural magazine 3ammagazine.com, were carried out with the aim of confronting widespread ignorance about contemporary philosophy. Interviewer Richard Marshall'sinformed and enthusiastic questions help his subjects explain the meaning of their work in a way that is accessible to non-specialists. Contemporary philosophical issues are presented through engaging but serious dialogues that, taken together, offer a glimpse into key debates across the discipline.Alongside metaphysics, philosophy of mind, epistemology, logic, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, political philosophy and ethics, discussed here are feminist philosophy, continental philosophy, pragmatism, philosophy of religion, experimental philosophy, bioethics, animal rights, andlegal philosophy. Connections between philosophy and fields such as psychology, cognitive science, and theology are likewise examined. Marshall interviews philosophers both established and up-and coming.Engaging, thoughtful and thought-provoking, inviting anyone with a hunger for philosophical questions and answers to join in, Philosophy at 3:AM shows that contemporary philosophy can be relevant - and even fun.

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The appeal of philosophy has always been its willingness to speak to those pressing questions that haunt us as we make our way through life. What is truth? Could we think without language? Is materialism everything? But in recent years, philosophy has been largely absent from mainstreamcultural commentary. Many have come to believe tha...

Richard Marshall has worked full time since 1983 in Secondary school state education in the UK. He has been a Head of English, a Head teacher, an educational consultant working on the Building Schools for the Future initiative and other projects. He has been a contributing editor for 3ammagazine since 2001.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Brian Leiter: 'Leiter Reports'2. Jason Stanley: 'Philosophy As The Great Naivete'3. Eric Schwitzgebel: 'The Splintered Skeptic'4. Mark Rowlands: 'Hour Of The Wolf'5. Eric T. Olson: 'The Philosopher With No Hands'6. Craig Callender: 'Time Lord'7. Kieran Setiya: 'What Anscombe Intended and Other Puzzles'8. Kit Fine: 'Metaphysical Kit'9. Patricia Churchland: 'Causal Machines'10. Valerie Tiberius: 'Mostly Elephant, ErgoEL'11. Peter Carruthers: 'Mind Reader'12. Josh Knobe: 'Indie Rock Virtues'13. Al Mele: 'The Four Million Dollar Philosopher14. Graham Priest: 'Logically Speaking'15. Ursula Renz: 'After Spinoza: Wiser, Freer, Happier'16. Cecile Fabre: 'On The Intrinsic Value Of Each Of Us'17. Hilde Linderman: 'No Ethics Without Feminism'18. Elizabeth S. Anderson: 'The New Leveller'19. Christine Korsgaard: 'Treating People As End In Themselves'20. Michael Lynch: 'Truth, Reason and Democracy'21. Timothy Williamson: 'Classical Investigations'22. Ernie Lapore: 'Meaning, Truth, Language, Reality'23. Jerry Fodor: 'Meaningful Words Without Sense, And Other Revolutions.'24. Huw Price: 'Without Mirrors'25. Gary Gutting: 'What Philosophers Know'Index