Talking Philosophy: Dialogues with Fifteen Leading Philosophers

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Philosophy - 275 pages
Based on a highly successful BBC television series, this book presents fifteen dialogues between author and broadcaster Bryan Magee and some of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century.

Isaiah Berlin considers the fundamental question, "What is philosophy?," A. J. Ayer reviews logical positivism, and Iris Murdoch talks about 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 who have shaped these fields--including Noam Chomsky, W. V. O. Quine, and Herbert Marcuse. Written in an informal, conversational style, even the most difficult philosophical ideas are made accessible to the general reader.

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About the author (2001)

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

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