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The Philosopher: A History in Six Types

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2018.04.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Justin E.H. Smith, The Philosopher: A History in Six Types, Princeton University Press, 2016, 272pp. $27.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780691163277. Reviewed by Christopher Hamilton, King's College London When I first went to university to read philosophy, I arrived full of burning existential questions about life, its confusions and meaning, and was pleased when my teachers assured me that philosophy was, as I had read before I arrived, the love of wisdom, and that philosophers made the question 'What is philosophy?' part of their very subject matter. But it seemed to me that they forgot about wisdom on day one of teaching and none of them engaged the students in any serious reflection on the nature of philosophy. On the contrary, they seemed content to work within a particular understanding of it, and I remained dismayed that in, for example, my ethics classes the novels, plays and poems... Read More

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