Ultimate Questions by Bryan Magee

Reviewed by
August 2016, no. 383
Craig Taylor reviews 'Ultimate Questions' by Brian Magee

Ultimate Questions

by Bryan Magee

Princeton University Press (Footprint) $31.95 hb, 144 pp, 9780691170657

Ultimate Questions by Bryan Magee

Reviewed by
August 2016, no. 383

This small book is the culmination of a lifetime's thought about some of the deepest and most unfathomable philosophical questions: the limits of our knowledge of the world; the nature of morality; the nature of our being; and our thoughts- about what lies beyond death. Magee is a philosopher and his attempts to grapple with his chosen questions reflect this; in particular, the influence on him of some of the greatest figures in Western philosophy, notably Kant and Schopenhauer. But Ultimate Questions is fundamentally a personal reflection on these questions, reflection that leads not so much to answers but to a deeper sense of what such reflection really involves, including – for limited mortal beings such as us – its limits. Here it is important to note that Magee is not just a philosopher; his rich and varied life has included being a member of parliament in Britain, a music and theatre critic, a BBC broadcaster, and a poet. All of this has influenced Magee's thought in ways that extend well beyond academic philosophy.

Craig Taylor reviews 'Ultimate Questions' by Brian Magee

Ultimate Questions

by Bryan Magee

Princeton University Press (Footprint) $31.95 hb, 144 pp, 9780691170657

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