The Philosopher does just that, providing a new way of looking at the history of philosophy by bringing to life six kinds of figures who have occupied the role of philosopher in a wide range of societies around the world over the millennia — the Natural Philosopher, the Sage, the Gadfly, the Ascetic, the Mandarin, and the Courtier.
Here is the publisher’s blurb about Justin’s book: What would the global history of philosophy look like if it were told not as a story of ideas but as a series of job descriptions–ones that might have been used to fill the position of philosopher at different times and places over the past 2,500 years?
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Here are some pre-publication reviews: “Justin Smith’s graceful and lucidly argued history of philosophy asks us to rethink our assumptions about both history and philosophy. If you like philosophy, you will be delighted with this book.” – Clancy Martin, author of “Sophisticated and provocative, The Philosopher is an outstanding exploration of possible ways to redefine philosophy today by examining its multifaceted pasts.
More than a survey, full of surprising selections and juxtapositions, Smith’s work holds delights for any curious reader and raises important challenges to the dominant categories of philosophy and philosophers in the contemporary university. One of the book’s most exciting aspects is the way it revises the Eurocentric view of philosophy by using a very original global framework.” – Stéphane van Damme, European University Institute, Florence “The Philosopher is a terrific, much-needed, and important book that should be read by all philosophers.
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A self-described man of “liberal persuasions” living in a red state, Goldman says he has a natural affinity for Canada and its progressive leftwing image.
Maple Match is a manifestation of his dual passions: connecting different people and his neighbors to the north.
By uncovering forgotten or neglected philosophical job descriptions, the book reveals that philosophy is a universal activity, much broader–and more gender inclusive — than we normally think today.
In doing so, The Philosopher challenges us to reconsider our idea of what philosophers can do and what counts as philosophy.
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