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The Poor Lady Immured: Notes on Public Philosophy

The very excellent Eugene Heath in Metaphilosophy. Philosophy should not be immured within the confines of the university but should step confidently into the communal spaces of society. Philosophy should include, in other words, public philosophy. What, however, is public philosophy? And is it an unalloyed good? These questions are the subject of this essay.…

Bryan Magee: Philosophical Broadcaster Extraordinaire

I still go back to Magee’s programmes from time to time. It is quite extraordinary that with many a genuine expert by his side, he quite often rearticulated an argument better than his expert guests — the mark of a fine and honest expository mind, devoid of the activistic fuckwittery that has come to tarnish…

In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg hosts In Our Time: it’s reassuring that there are still some intelligent and sober mainstream radio programmes around. Though Bragg ain’t no Bryan Magee (few, if any, can match him) Bragg’s series could nonetheless be a useful supplement. Remember kiddies, even if you are formally enrolled on a university course, in essence the burden of getting…

Bernard Williams

It’s been about 18 months since my last posting on Bernard Williams. Having worked my way through Bryan Magee’s excellent series (Men of Ideas and The Great Philosophers) my original perception that BW was the best performer of both series, remains in tact 25 years on (Searle being the other good performer though I think BW…