Talking Philosophy: Dialogues with Fifteen Leading Philosophers

Paperback | July 1, 2001

EditorBryan Magee

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This book consists of fifteen dialogues between Bryan Magee and some of the outstanding thinkers of the twentieth century. It is based on a highly successful BBC television series which had enormous impact. The informality and clarity of the conversational form makes even the most difficultideas accessible to the general reader.Isaiah Berlin opens by considering the fundamental question 'What is philosophy?' Subsequent conversations examine such widely different schools as Marxism and existentialism. Chomsky, Quine, Marcuse, and others discuss their own work; A. J. Ayer reviews logical positivism; Iris Murdoch talksabout the relation between philosophy and literature. Moral philosophy, political philosophy, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of science are all treated in depth by the thinkers whose work has shaped the fields.

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This book consists of fifteen dialogues between Bryan Magee and some of the outstanding thinkers of the twentieth century. It is based on a highly successful BBC television series which had enormous impact. The informality and clarity of the conversational form makes even the most difficultideas accessible to the general reader.Isaiah ...

Bryan Magee was educated at Oxford, and has held academic positions at Yale University, King's College London, and Oxford University. He is an independent writer, critic, and broadcaster. His many books include The Great Philosophers, Confessions of a Philosopher, The Story of Philosophy, and Aspects of Wagner.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192854178

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Table of Contents

Bryan Magee: Preface1. Isaiah Berlin: An Introduction to Philosophy2. Charles Taylor: Marxist Philosophy3. Herbert Marcuse: Marcuse and the Frankfurt School4. William Barrett: Heidegger and Modern Existentialism5. Anthony Quinton: The Two Philosophies of Wittgenstein6. A. J. Ayer: Logical Positivism and its Legacy7. Bernard Williams: The Spell of Linguistic Philosophy8. R. M. Hare: Moral Philosophy9. W. V. O. Quine: The Ideas of Quine10. John Searle: The Philosophy of Language11. Noam Chomsky: The Ideas of Chomsky12. Hilary Putnam: The Philosophy of Science13. Ronald Dworkin: Philosophy and Politics14. Iris Murdoch: Philosophy and Literature15. Ernest Gellner: Philosophy: The Social ContextSuggestions for Further Reading

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