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Truth: Philosophy in Transit

Bringing philosophy to a broad readership requires balance, and boldness

By Prospect Team   October 2013

Truth: Philosophy in Transit by John D Caputo (Penguin, £8.99)

“What is philosophy?” is a question that admits many answers. One of the simplest—and the best—was suggested by the philosopher John Campbell: “Thinking in slow motion.” But, for most people, slow motion is only appealing in small doses. A whole movie in slow-mo would be one for the art gallery, not the multiplex. This is the problem that faces those who want to write about philosophy for a broad readership: a certain amount of fast-forward is needed, but if you go…

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