Frank Cioffi: The Philosopher in Shirt-Sleeves

2016.03.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Ellis, Frank Cioffi: The Philosopher in Shirt-Sleeves, Bloomsbury, 2015, 189pp., $78.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472590114.
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2016.03.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Ellis, Frank Cioffi: The Philosopher in Shirt-Sleeves, Bloomsbury, 2015, 189pp., $78.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472590114. Reviewed by Tim Crane, University of Cambridge Frank Cioffi, who died in 2012 aged 83, was an unusual and original philosopher, and by all accounts a charismatic teacher and conversationalist. Born in Brooklyn to a poor Italian immigrant family, he served in the US Army in its post-war occupation of Japan and came to Oxford on a GI scholarship in 1950. Having absorbed the atmosphere of Oxford philosophy at one of its high water-marks, he took a job at the University of Essex, where he worked until he retired in 1994. The Philosopher in Shirt- Sleeves is a readable and affectionate memoir of Cioffi by a friend and intellectual companion who is not himself a philosopher (David Ellis is a retired professor of English literature). Every Sunday afternoon for twenty years he... Read. . .

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