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By Julian Baggini

From well known introductions to biographies and tv programmes, philosophy is in every single place. many folks even are looking to be philosophers, often within the café or the pub. yet what do genuine philosophers do? What are the large philosophical problems with this day? Why do they subject? How did a few our greatest philosophers get into philosophy within the first position? learn New British Philosophy and discover for the 1st time. transparent, enticing and designed for a basic viewers, 16 interesting interviews with a few of the best philosophers from the hot new release of the subject's leaders diversity from song to the brain and feminism to the way forward for philosophy. each one interview is brought and carried out through Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom of The Philosophers Magazine. it is a detailed image of philosophy in nice Britain this present day and contains interviews with: Ray Monk - Biography; Nigel Warburton - the general public; Aaron Ridley - tune; Jonathan Wolff - Politics; Roger Crisp - Ethics; Rae Langton - Pornography; Miranda Fricker - wisdom; M.G.F.Martin - belief; Timothy Williamson - Vagueness; Tim Crane - brain; Robin Le Poidevin - Metaphysics; Christina Howells - Sartre; Simon Critchley - Phenomenology; Simon Glendinning - Continental; Stephen Mulhall - the long run; Keith Ansell Pearson - the Human.

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I think there’s a natural bias that human beings seem to have towards contemporary thought, which itself is philosophically questionable. More and more attention is paid to the latest article in Ethics, and less and less attention is paid to, for example, the British Moralists, people like Shaftesbury and Hutcheson and so on. So one thing I’d really like to do is read those people properly, think about them, see what I can learn from them, and see if there are contributions I could make on the basis of that to contemporary moral philosophy.

How would you respond to the charge that philosophers have interpreted rather than the changed the world? When he says the point is to change the world, he might not have meant that the point of philosophy is to change the world. I think that philosophers ought to be generating ideas that are possible candidates for change. So I don’t think that political philosophers ought simply to be interpreting the world. In fact, I don’t think political philosophers are interpreting the world. Very few of them would claim to be describing the world.

Your first brush with philosophy was not a happy one. How did you nonetheless end up coming to philosophy? I studied classics at Oxford, which involves ancient literature, ancient history, and philosophy, modern as well as ancient. I remember trying to give up philosophy the first time I did it. I was told to read Locke’s Essay on Human Understanding, which I did. The problem was that I read an abridged version with no introduction. I hadn’t spoken to my tutor about it to help me see what Locke was trying to do, and I just couldn’t make sense of it.

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