Happy World Philosophy Day

In 2005, UNESCO established World Philosophy Day, thus highlighting the importance of philosophy as a discipline and solidifying philosophy as a field that “encourages critical and independent thought and is capable of working towards a better understanding of the world and promoting tolerance and peace.” Sample some of our philosophy titles including the Philosophical Review and My Father’s House: On Will Barnet’s Paintings by Thomas Dumm.

ddpr_123_4David Sanford of Duke University says, “No philosophy journal published in English is more highly regarded than the Philosophical Review.” The journal has been in publication since 1892 and has a long-standing reputation for excellence, publishing many papers now considered classics in the field such as W. V. O. Quine’s “Two Dogmas of Empiricism,” Thomas Nagel’s “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” and the early work of John Rawls. The journal publishes original scholarly work in all areas of analytic philosophy, with an emphasis on material of general interest to academic philosophers, and is one of the few journals in the discipline to publish book reviews.

In honor of World Philosophy Day, read “Love and the Value of a Life,” by Kieran Setiya in the most recent issue of Philosophical Review, made freely available here.

Dumm cover image, 5546-9Once you’ve whetted your appetite for philosophy with Setiya’s thoughtful piece, you may be interested in reading Thomas Dumm’s recent book, My Father’s House: On Will Barnet’s Paintings. In My Father’s House, the political philosopher Thomas Dumm explores a series of stark and melancholy paintings, presented in full color, by American artist Will Barnet. Reading the almost gothic paintings in conversation with the writers and thinkers key to both his and Barnet’s thinking—Emerson, Spinoza, Dickinson, Benjamin, Cavell, Nietzsche, Melville—Dumm’s haunting meditations evoke broader reflections on family, mortality, the uncanny, and the loss that comes with remembrance. The introduction is available for free here.

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