Philosophers in Conversation by Samuel Phineas Upham

Philosophers in Conversation by Samuel Phineas Upham

If you’re interesting in learning what is happening in philosophy today, you must read this collection! In “Philosophers in Conversation: Interview from the Harvard Review of Philosophy,” Editor Samuel Phineas Upham has brought together a fine selection of interviews with thirteen contemporary philosophers. The editor was an undergraduate student of philosophy at Harvard and the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Review of Philosophy from 1998 to 2000.

These casual but thought-provoking interviews, including one with the late John Rawls, were selected from the Harvard Review of Philosophy and span the years 1991 to 2002. Other notable philosophers featured in this must-read volume include W.V.O. Quine, Richard Rorty, and Hilary Putnam. The captivating 13-page interview with Rawls is one of the only known interviews with the philosopher in print. One of the best things about this collection is that it’s not limited to a single topic. Instead, the interviews cover a broad range of topics — including philosophy of law, literature, metaphysics, and logic — showing the wide and penetrating scope of the ideas and theories discussed by great thinkers of today.  Although the philosophers tackle difficult philosophical ideas, the interviews are easy to read and very accessible to the general audience.

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