Philosophy is shaped by life and life is shaped by philosophy. This is reflected in The Philosophical I, a collection of 16 autobiographical essays by prominent philosophers. Candid and philosophically insightful, these personal narratives critically call into question the belief that philosophy should be kept separate from the personal experience of philosophers. Each contributor traces the fundamental influences-both philosophical and otherwise-that have shaped his or her identity. In this postmodern world, the self is often viewed as irreparably fragmented and fractured, but the reflections in this volume point to a self that is a continuous, though dynamic, storyline. What shines through in each of these essays is that philosophy is a profoundly personal adventure.
George Yancy is McAnulty Fellow in the Philosophy Department at Duquesne University. He has published a variety of scholarly articles and reviews. His first two books are African-American Philosophers, 17 Conversations (1998), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book in 1999, and Cornel West: A Critical Reader (2001). He is editing a forthcoming book in which African-American philosophers critically reveal whiteness in terms of its political, normative, socio-cultural, and existential manifestations.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Philosophy and the Situated Narrative Self Chapter 2 Regarding Oneself and Seeing Double: Fragments of Autobiography Chapter 3 Philosophy as Work and Politics Chapter 4 Between the Lines of Age Chapter 5 Incongruities Chapter 6 From Amateur to Professional: Constructing a Life in Philosophy Chapter 7 In-Between Love and Wisdom Chapter 8 Between Facticity and Possibility Chapter 9 Red Shift: Politically Embodied/Embodied Politics Chapter 10 Of Philosophy and Guerilla Wars Chapter 11 Philosophy Recovered as Self-Discovery Chapter 12 In Retrospect Chapter 13 At the Intersection of Several Possible Worlds Chapter 14 The Personal Value and Social Usefulness of Philosophy Chapter 15 Fantastic Notions Chapter 16 An Apprentice's Anecdotal Field Notes Chapter 17 Philosophical Adventures