A Parliament of Minds
Philosophy for a New Millennium
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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