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

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Scribner, 2003 - Philosophers - 241 pages
To many people, the activity called 'philosophy' sounds abstract, rarefied, worthy. But it was never that to Colin McGinn, growing up in Gillingham and Blackpool: it was just part of trying to work out what was going on. Now a distinguished professor of philosophy and the author of a number of scholarly works, McGinn has written a genuinely popular introduction to philosophy.
The result is part memoir, part explanation of philosophy 'as part of a flesh and blood human life' - the self-portrait of an inquiring mind, engaged by the radicalism of both rock 'n' roll and Bertrand Russell, which took McGinn from a mining family in West Hartlepool to Rutgers Professor of Philosophy in New York. It contains wonderful sketches of the great figures of twentieth-century philosophy and their ideas - Sartre, Wittgenstein, Chomsky - and the teachers who formed his own ideas and often became friends, like the colourful Oxford don A.J. Ayer.
Equally at home discussing The Matrix and metaphysics, THE MAKING OF A PHILOSOPHER shows us the mind of a brilliant thinker in action, putting the activity of asking questions naturally at the centre of human activity.

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A resident of New York City and philosophy professor at Rutgers University, Colin McGinn was educated at Oxford University and has written broadly on his own philosophy and that of others. He has ... Read full review


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Playful memoir offering an amusing view of academic philosophy's day-to-day tussle, as well as a clear introduction to the author's thought.By his own description, McGinn (Philosophy/Rutgers) is short ... Read full review

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