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What Philosophers Think

Julian Baggini and Jeremy Stangroom (eds) [with an interview with Helena Cronin]
Continuum (March 2003)

What does evolution mean today? Do we have free will? How is technology changing the way we understand life? Where is God? Does art have a value? Is science the new philosophy? How does language hold meaning? Is freedom possible?

These are only some of the questions addressed in this book, a collection of interviews with some of the world's leading philosophers and intellectuals. The interviews cover a wide range of themes, including sex, religion, politics, language, consciousness, evil, feminism and art. They offer a unique insight into the minds behind the great ideas of today. Always lively, provocative and accessible, these interviews get to the heart of today's most vital questions.

It is certainly no coincidence that three of the interviews have Darwinian themes. Philosophical interest in Darwin grew enormously in the 1990s, spurred on by the work of the Darwin@LSE programme at LSE and led by Helena Cronin, one of the book's interviewees.