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Philosophy Live

Updated: Aug 2

Since my last of several posts on the integration of philosophy, democracy, and racial equality, I had the opportunity for a rich, wide-ranging conversation with someone who epitomizes such integration. Dr. Samir Chopra, Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College and fellow philosophical counselor, invited me to dialogue about my recent posts, which led us to a plethora of interconnected philosophical and political issues. Among the topics we explored are the inherent philosophical dimensions of political activism, the role of philosophy in clarifying and challenging the status quo, and the ways in which philosophical reflection can shape our identities and experiences as particular individuals and engaged citizens. We proceeded to reflect on the intellectual ethos appropriate for democratic dialogue in the context of diversity, including the traits of humility, criticism, and imagination. We concluded with reflection on the ways in which the traditional philosophical canon provides conceptual resources for illuminating the present, and also how contemporary experience allows us both to critique this canon and to build upon it. Dr. Chopra is an exceptionally lucid, nimble, erudite, and impassioned philosopher, and I trust that you will benefit as much as I have from his insights and provocations. See Philosophical Practice & the U.S.' Racial Crisis: A Dialogue between John Tambornino and Samir Chopra

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