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Book review: The Making of a Philosopher, by Colin McGinn

Colin McGinn is probably best know to the non-specialist reading audience with an interest in philosophy as a leading "mysterian". That is, he thinks that the philosophical difficulty of explaining consciousness is due to inherent limitations in the human mind, which means that it can never be accomplished. But that is not his main topic here.

McGinn tells us that his purpose in writing this book was to explain philosophy in a personal, engaging way. He found that the autobiographical format was the best way of doing this. He thinks that this brings out the drama and excitement of the subject but he has not sought to write a full autobiography and personal topics are included only in so far as they affected his intellectual development. But the tone is quite light generally and McGinn is an engaging writer so the book is very readable. [More]

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