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Marginalia by Mark Kingwell
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Feb 18, 11

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I love this collection of essays. Kingwell is a skilled writer and a brilliant thinker, a philosopher who has worked hard to make philosophy accessible to the proverbial intelligent layperson. These essays are often funny and always interesting, and range in their subject matter from the significant to the trivial (like men's underwear), and he has insightful things to say about all of them. Kingwell feels a real responsibility to be a public intellectual in the best sense, to break out of the closed circle of academic discourse and talk to everyone else, everyone who is usually excluded from the conversation but shouldn't be (if ideas matter, then they matter to more than academics!), in a way that is neither condescending nor unapproachable. Highly recommended.
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