The Making of a Philosopher: My Journey Through Twentieth-century Philosophy

Colin McGinn sets out to make philosophy accessible to the layperson ‘by describing what it is like to be a philosopher from the inside’. The result is part memoir, part introduction to philosophy; the self-portrait of an inquiring mind engaged by the radicalism of both rock ‘n’ roll and Bertrand Russell, taking McGinn from a mining family in West Hartlepool to New York as Rutgers Professor of Philosophy.

“McGinn is an ingenious philosopher who thinks like a laser and writes like a dream.”

—Stephen Pinker

“If Wittgenstein had written an autobiography it might have resembled this…brilliantly written, devastatingly honest, often very funny.”

—Oliver Sacks
  • Publication Date

    October 6, 2003

  • Publisher

    Scribner 

  • Length

    256 pages