Examined Life

Examined Life

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Examined Life boldly takes philosophy out of the dark corners of the academy and into the streets, reminding us that great ideas are born through profound engagement with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, not in isolation from it. A companion to Astra Taylora€™s documentary film, the book features interviews with eight iconoclastic and influential philosophers, conducted while on the move through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas. Peter Singera€™s thoughts on the ethics of consumption are amplified against the backdrop of Fifth Avenuea€™s posh boutiques. Michael Hardt ponders the nature of revolution while surrounded by symbols of wealth and leisure. Judith Butler and a friend stroll through San Franciscoa€™s Mission District questioning our culturea€™s fixation on individualism. And while driving through Manhattan, Cornel West a€” perhaps Americaa€™s best-known public intellectual a€” compares philosophy to jazz and blues, reminding us how intense and invigorating the life of the mind can be. Offering exclusive moments with great thinkers in fields ranging from moral philosophy to cultural theory, Examined Life reveals philosophya€™s power to transform the way we see the world around us and imagine our place within it.A companion to Astra Taylora€™s documentary film, the book features interviews with eight iconoclastic and influential philosophers, conducted while on the move through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas.


Title:Examined Life
Author: Astra Taylor
Publisher:New Press, The - 2009-07-14
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