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Hubert L Dreyfus (1927-2017): Teaching was learning

The great philosopher's academic courses "were genuine, live conversations in which everything was always on the line"

By James Garvey  

Hubert Dreyfus at an event at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2011 ©Jörg Noller

“No one in our day has done more than Hubert L Dreyfus to make American philosophy less parochial,” the pragmatist philosopher Richard Rorty wrote in the forward to a collection of essays in Dreyfus’s honour. “For some forty years, he has helped the rest of us understand what our European colleagues are up to, introduced us to them, and encouraged the study of their works.” He even tried to convince Rorty that the phenomenologist…

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