Eric Schwitzgebel is a professor of philosophy at University of California, Riverside, where he has worked since receiving his PhD from U.C. Berkeley in 1997. He has published extensively in philosophy of mind, moral psychology, epistemology, and Chinese philosophy. Since 2006, he has blogged regularly at The Splintered Mind. Since 2013, he has published short fiction in leading science fiction magazines. His most recent book, A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures, is an unruly mix of moral psychology, speculative cosmology, metaphilosophy, philosophy of technology, speculative fiction, and memoir.
Books by Eric Schwitzgebel
Interviews with Eric Schwitzgebel
Serious philosophy need not take the form of a journal article or monograph, argues the philosopher and U.C. Riverside professor Eric Schwitzgebel, as he selects five science fiction books that succeed both as novels and provocative thought experiments that push us to consider deep philosophical questions from every angle.
We think of philosophy as a discipline that interrogates complex dilemmas—the nature of will, right and wrong, human freedom—with logic, reasoned thought and argument. But what do the moments in philosophy that make us stop and look outside ourselves have to teach us? According to Eric Schwitzgebel, philosopher at the University of California Riverside, they can open up worlds of fresh possibility. Here he recommends five books of philosophical wonder.
Interviews where books by Eric Schwitzgebel were recommended
Becoming Beauvoir: A Life
by Kate Kirkpatrick
Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher
by Armand D'Angour
A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures
by Eric Schwitzgebel
Galileo's Error: Foundations for a New Science of Consciousness
by Philip Goff
A Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to Twitter
by Andrew Hui
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