So what is Confessions of a Philosopher, then? It's a fascinating excursion through 2,000 years of wondering about the basic nature of existence and reality. As a 20th-century philosopher, Magee has a lot to say about his peers, and he spares no feelings. The "Oxford philosophers," who decided that philosophy was not about the nature of existence but about the nature of language, yet refused to give any consideration to fiction, are particular targets of Magee's intellectual scorn, while the late Karl Popper, a personal acquaintance of the author, is celebrated as a man who persevered in philosophy's true duties in the face of widespread academic frippery.
If you've ever wondered why we exist, you have what it takes to be a philosopher ... or at least to understand one. Bryan Magee's Confessions are thoroughly engaging proof that you don't need a degree to be a deep thinker. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
His greatest talent is the easy expression in writing of this sometimes very complex subject matter.
That discovery was for Magee an enormous enrichment of the way he understood himself and could establish in some way a connection between himself and the noumenon.
I also found it to be a good book to read after Magee's other book "The Story of Philosophy" which started my interest in the subject.
Bryan Magee's Confessions of a Philosopher is an absolute joy to read and re-read.
Most chapters are written in a comfortable and conversational personal essay form,... Read more
The best book I have ever read in my life and I am 82 years. Feel like punching the air every page.
Mine had a different cover to this but methinks its the same one.
As I've come to expect from Bryan Magee, his writing about philosophers, philosophy and philosophical problems is cogent and lucid. Read morePublished 8 months ago by W. White
This is a terrific introduction to philosophy for those who lack professional training in the subject but have interest and a reasonable amount of intelligence. Read morePublished 11 months ago by MMD
There's something brilliant and engaging about this book. It's very hard to put down and deserves a wide audience and a long print-run. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Etienne Jackson
Bryan Magee has done a great job over his lifetime to popularize philosophy through his books and television programs. Read morePublished 22 months ago by bronx book nerd
It has been a few years since I started reading this book and acquired more knowledge along the lines of thinking expressed in this book. Read morePublished on February 18, 2010 by Bruce P. Barten
This will be short. Brian Magee is without doubt our best living philosophical writer. There are some other great ones. But trust me - get Mr. Read morePublished on September 11, 2009 by William Haynes
Confessions of a Philosopher is more of an introduction to philosophy than an autobiography. I thought that the book was very clearly written and presented what often comes across... Read morePublished on November 7, 2007 by J. Stewart