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Is modern philosophy just “empty ideas”? An interview with Peter Unger

Most philosophers no longer tell us anything meaningful about the world at all. When he argued this in 2014, Peter Unger caused quite the controversy. And now he's back

By Alex Dean  

If you’ve studied philosophy you’ve probably been told, at one point or another, that you’re wasting your time.

But while it’s common to hear this from, say, a sceptical uncle looking over your shoulder at your UCAS form, it’s not often you hear it from another philosopher—let alone a leading professor. That’s why Peter Unger is so interesting.

Now 75, Unger teaches philosophy at New York University and boasts an impressive CV. He studied under two all-time greats at Oxford—PF Strawson and AJ Ayer—and has gone…

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