Confessions of a Philosopher, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


In this inspirational book Bryan Magee tells the story of his discovery of philosophy, and in doing so introduces the subject to his reader.

Experiences of everyday life provide discussion of philosophers and explain why certain philosophical questions persistently exercise our minds. With great fluency Magee untangles philosophy, making it seem part of everyone's life.

Intensely personal and brimming with infectious enthusiasm, this is a wonderful introduction to philosophy by one of the most elegant and accessible writers on the subject.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 624 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780753804711



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This book was the only popular philosophy book that encouraged me to take the plunge into "real" philosophy: I bought serious books (& enjoyed them) on the back of it. Maybe the best review this book could get? :-) A weighty personal account of his philosophical development & thoughts from an excellent communicator. It's big for a paperback but it certainly brings you in (& will hook you) if you have any inclination for philosophical thought. You do feel like you know the author at the end of it as well. Can be admired for his communication of philosophical ideas as much as the philosophy he favours talking about in the book itself (mostly Kant).

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As the author points out, this isn't really an autobiography. Instead, it is a very enjoyable introduction to philosophy based around the events in life which caused the author to engage with philosophical problems - including friendships with some of the major philosophers of the 20th Century.

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