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The Making of a Philosopher : My Journey Through 20th Century Philosophy - Colin McGinn

The Making of a Philosopher

My Journey Through 20th Century Philosophy

Paperback Published: 8th July 2003
ISBN: 9780060957605
Number Of Pages: 256

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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 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.

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"McGinn is an ingenious philosopher who thinks like a laser and writes like a dream"--Stephen Pinker
"If Wittgenstein had written an autobiography it might have resembled this...brilliantly written, devastatingly honest, often very funny"---- Oliver Sacks, M.D.

Prefacep. ix
First Stirringsp. 1
From Psychology to Philosophyp. 27
Logic and Languagep. 57
Mind and Realityp. 89
Belief, Desire, and Wittgensteinp. 123
Consciousness and Cognitionp. 157
Metaphilosophy and Fictionp. 187
Evil, Beauty, and Logicp. 215
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ISBN: 9780060957605
ISBN-10: 0060957603
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 8th July 2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.4  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.2

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