Following on from the success of the first edition of "What Philosophers Think", this second edition brings together a collection of interviews with some of the world's most important and influential philosophers and intellectuals and leading figures in the arts and politics, including: Bernard Williams, Onora O'Neill, Philippa Foot, Philip Pullman, Bhikhu Parekh, Slavoj Zizek, AC Grayling, Igor Alexander, Alexander McCall Smith, Daniel Dennett, and Oliver Letwin. The interviews - all revised and expanded from "The Philosopher's Magazine" - cover a wide range of issues and offer a unique insight into the minds behind the great ideas of today. Always lively, provocative and accessible, these interviews get to the heart of today's most vital questions.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; Preface; Oliver Letwin - On politics and philosophy; Roundtable - On September 11; Roundtable - On security and 'the war on terror'; Ted Honderich - On terrorism and punishment; Bhikhu Parekh - On multiculturalism; Slavoj Zizek - On multiculturalism, pluralism and tolerance; Onora O'Neill - On trust and autonomy; Anthony Grayling - On philosophy and public understanding; Mary Warnock - On making babies; Philippa Foot - On goodness; The Soho Symposium - On love; Bernard Williams - On truth and truthfulness; Robert M Pirsig - On the Metaphysics of Quality; Alexander McCall Smith - On philosophy and the novel; Philip Pullman - On writing for children; Igor Aleksander - On artificial intelligence.
Julian Baggini is co-editor (with Jeremy Stangroom) of The Philosophers' Magazine (www.philosophers.co.uk), Great Thinkers A-Z (2004) and New British Philosophy: The Interviews (2002). He is also the author of The Pig That Wants to be Eaten and What's It All About? Philosophy and the Meaning of Life (both Granta, 2005). Jeremy Stangroom is co-editor (with Julian Baggini) of The Philosophers' Magazine and the successful philosophy books, What Philosophers Think and Great Thinkers A-Z. He and Ophelia Benson are editors of www.butterfliesandwheels.com.