A Parliament of Minds

Philosophy for a New Millennium

Edited by Michael Tobias, J. Patrick Fitzgerald, and David Rothenberg

Subjects: Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791444849, 309 pages, December 1999
Hardcover : 9780791444832, 309 pages, January 2000

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Table of contents


Michael Tobias, J. Patrick Fitzgerald, David Rothenberg

Philosophy at the Beginning of a New Millennium
Robert Cummings Neville

Democracy, Ethics, and the Relevancy of Philosophy
David A. Crocker

Aristotle in the Workplace
Martha Nussbaum

The Complex Bridges between China and the West
Tu Wei-Ming

Trumping Cynicism with Imagination
John J. McDermott

The Trials and Tribulations of Philosophy and Farming
Marjorie Grene

Islam and the Philosophy of Hope
Seyyed Hossein Nasr

The Marriage of History and Culture
Joseph Margolis

Global Dialogue, Global Peace
Ashok Gangadean

The Science of Gender Issues
Nancy Tuana

The Liberation of Identity
Lewis Gordon

Wild Thinking: Philosophy, Ecology, and Technology
David Rothenberg

Prospects for Democracy
John Stuhr

The Passing of Philosophical Fads
Peter Caws

Crashing the Tea Party
Yoko Arisaka

All We Need Is Love
Esa Saarinen

The Anatomy of Beauty
Tom Huhn

Global Culture and Its Discontents K.
Anthony Appiah

Politics without Reason?
Michael Halberstam

Ambassador of Dialogue
Lewis Hahn

A Dialogue on Global Thought and Spirituality
Ashok Gangadean, Karan Singh, Ewert Cousins, and Robert Muller

About the Editors


In this companion volume to the national public television documentary of the same name, interviews of philosophy luminaries expose the relevance of philosophy to everyday life.


A Parliament of Minds brings together groundbreaking interviews with a diverse cross-section of contemporary philosophers, demystifying and humanizing this formal discipline, making philosophy accessible and relevant to all. The companion volume to the national public television series of the same name, A Parliament of Minds highlights 23 philosophers as they discuss everyday issues. These interviews offer an unusual glimpse into their vital, active, moment-by-moment thinking processes.

Philosophers interviewed include K. Anthony Appiah, Yoko Arisaka, Peter Caws, Ewert Cousins, David Crocker, Ashok Gangadean, Marjorie Grene, Lewis Gordon, Lewis Hahn, Michael Halberstam, Tom Huhn, Joseph Margolis, John J. McDermott, Robert Muller, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Robert Cummings Neville, Martha Nussbaum, Esa Saarinen, Karan Singh, John J. Stuhr, David Rothenberg, Tu Wei-ming, and Nancy Tuana.

Michael Tobias is a writer, director, and producer of more than 100 films. Among his many books is A Parliament of Souls: In Search of Global Spirituality. J. Patrick Fitzgerald is Honors Professor of Philosophy and Television Productions at Seminole Community College. David Rothenberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Editor of Terra Nova: Nature and Culture.


"This book is easy and pleasant to read. It's a rare collection of the heart-felt thoughts of relaxed philosophers presented in ordinary spoken English." — Metapsychology

"This book gathers reflections and insights from a remarkably varied number of philosophers, cutting across gender, race, age, cultural, and spiritual perspectives. We are treated to discussions out of the classroom and far from the textbooks on topics that probe the frontiers of philosophy as it is practiced now and as it should be pursued in the century to come.

"No collection of interviews with philosophers now available comes anywhere close to the breadth and variety this collection represents." — Edward F. Mooney, editor of Wilderness and the Heart: Henry Bugbee's Philosophy of Place, Presence, and Memory

"A Parliament of Minds is a sweet and important book: as good an introduction to the state of philosophy now and in the future as can be imagined. The philosophers interviewed—among them some of the best minds in the world—are various, vigorous, and lively. Beyond their differences they share a touching and slightly bizarre optimism about the future of philosophy and its relevance to the concrete difficulties of real people." — Crispin Sartwell, author of Act Like You Know: African-American Autobiography & White Identity

"An unexpectedly new yet deeply traditional form—the interview—provides a stunning introduction to the subject of philosophy, whose living substance bears true fruit only in dialogue." — David Appelbaum, editor of Parabola