Interview October 7, 2021/4 Comments/in Uncategorized /by Colin McGinn Readers may wish to read an interview I recently did with Andrew van Wagner called “Is Philosophy Useful?” It’s on substack and is easily googled. 0 0 Colin McGinn Colin McGinn2021-10-07 17:56:312021-10-07 17:56:31Interview
That’s about the best interview of a philosopher I think I’ve ever read, where both the interviewer and interviewee are so succinctly on point, however tempting to expansiveness the subject matter.
Neither Daily Nous nor Leiter Reports have agreed to post a link to the interview. I wonder why.
Just re-read the interview. Don’t exactly know why, but it kind of re-galvanized my interest in philosophy. I then read Wagner’s previous interview of Paul Pietroski, entitled, “Will Semantics Inspire You?”. Talk about inspiring—at least, more narrowly, with respect to the philosophy of psychology. It’s uncool to say this, but I’ll say it anyway: I quit drinking about a month ago, and a more harrowing experience I never had in my life. Like five days of a bad acid trip. Really jarring. In retrospect still it gives me shudders. Anyway, I shall expect myself soon to be capable, in collaboration with my cat, of a rational Philosophical Comment on one of your Posts.
Perhaps it’s because I’m really interested in philosophy not what passes for it these days in many places. Well done about the drinking: you will feel better for it (eventually). But don’t expect to be free of alcohol craving for a good while.