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Philosophy Outside-In

A Critique of Academic Reason

Christopher Norris

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A sustained critique of present-day academic philosophy combined with a practical agenda for change

Christopher Norris raises some basic questions about the way that analytic philosophy has been conducted over the past 25 years. In doing so, he offers an alternative to what he sees as an over-specialisation of a lot of recent academic work.

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1. How Not to Defeat Scepticism: why anti-realism won’t do the trick
2. Great Philosophy: discovery, invention and the uses of error
3. Under Which King, Bezonian? experimental philosophy versus thought-experiment
4. Outside the Box: on the 'xtended-mind' hypothesis
5. Inaesthetics and Transitory Ontology: the case of political song
6. Speculative Realism: an interim report
7. Provoking Philosophy: Shakespeare, Johnson, Wittgenstein, Derrida

About the Author

Christopher Norris is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Cardiff, Wales. He is the author of many widely-acclaimed books on various aspects of philosophy and critical theory, among them (most recently) Quantum Theory and the Flight from Realism and Minding the Gap: Epistemology and Philosophy of Science in the Two Traditions.


These engaging essays discuss topics ranging from anti-realism to the extended mind hypothesis and the ontology of political song. They use analytic as well as continental philosophers to provide a compelling demonstration, performative as well as logical, that the boundaries of academic specialization are an obstacle to creative philosophical thought.

- Paul Patton, University of New South Wales