Hometown: Denver area
December 27, 2006
Philosophy of science and religion. Applied ethics, I think, ought to be well-settled by now - albeit settled against conventional wisdom. Political philosophy and great thinkers.
Nietzsche, Karl Popper. Mostly I follow his smartest students like Alan Chalmers, Mark Notturno, W. W. Bartley, Jr., Ian Jarvie, Byan Magee, David Miller, and Rafe Champion. Amateur philosopher George H Smith in religion, as well as that assiduous Nietzsche scholar and thinker about world religion - critic of the analytic tradition, Walter A. Kaufmann. Aristotle, Epicurus, Voltaire, Locke. More recently, Stephen Hicks, Tibor Machan, Daniel Dennett and John Passmore. As an undergraduate, I studied political philosophy: Mulford Q Sibley (pacifist Quaker, Marxist), whose textbook is still in print in India; Terrence Ball (Great Society liberal) for Machiavellii & Hobbes, now at ASU, co-author of the now classic standard textbook "Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal" 8/e; Mary Dietz, then fresh from Cal-Berkeley, Northwestern Univ. Her lectures on Ancient political phil were suffused with Popper via Bartley; Kenneth Minogue, (Aristotelian conservative-libertarian), LSE emeritus.
When I started my undergraduate work, boring positivism still ruled the roost. Thus, my interests were pushed into history and intellectual history because these academics took real humans - and the human experience - seriously, instead of airy intuition put to "serious" purpose. So, no. Although me and most of my grad school bonded buddies took major interests in the history of philosophy. Even more recent friends in academe continue to do so. Some went into applied philosophy, eg SEE Dr. Diana Hsieh's blog http://www.dianahsieh.com/
I was once a student of "World's Most Famous atheist," Antony Flew. And also of Sir Anthony Kenny - a dissenting ordained priest, eventually turned agnostic in the past decade. Sometimes active with Objectivist groups as student, and now as an adult.
Be square AND be there.