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The Making of a Philosopher: My Journey Through Twentieth-Century Philosophy

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Part memoir, part study, The Making of a Philosopher is the self-portrait of a deeply intelligent mind as it develops over a life lived on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Making of a Philosopher follows Colin McGinn from his early years in England, reading Descartes and Anselm, to his years in the States, first in Los Angeles, then New York. McGinn presents a contemporary academic take on the great philosophical figures of the twentieth century, including Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Noam Chomsky, alongside stories of the teachers who informed his ideas and often became friends and mentors, especially the colorful A. J. Ayer at Oxford.

McGinn's prose is always elegant and probing; students of contemporary philosophy and the general reader alike will absorb every page.

Book News Annotation:

After pondering on a proper genre in which to explain philosophy in an accessible and engaging way, McGinn (philosophy, Rutgers U.) decided on autobiography. He makes a point of situation philosophy in its personal context emphasizing the people, places, and times involved; and describes the struggle inherent in living a life of philosophy. He does not include an index or bibliography.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Colin McGinn was educated at Oxford University. He has written widely on philosophy and philosophers in such publications as the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, the New Republic, and the New York Times Book Review. McGinn has written thirteen previous books, including The Mysterious Flame, The Character of Mind, Ethics, Evil and Fiction, and the novel The Space Trap.He is a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University and lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060197926
Subtitle:
My Journey Through Twentieth-Century Philosophy
Author:
McGinn, Colin
Author:
McGinn, Colin
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
Philosophy, modern
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Modern
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20020326
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.52x6.44x.90 in. 1.11 lbs.

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