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Cornel West, Jim Miller, and others ask “Does Philosophy Still Matter?” January 26 at The New School

In an age of instant punditry, 24/7 Twitter updates, and political discourse that seems to discourage careful reflection, an all-star panel at The New School will ask Does Philosophy Still Matter?, marking the publication of NSSR Professor James Miller’s new book, Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011). Panelists include Simon Critchley, professor of philosophy at The New School for Social Research and author of The Book of Dead Philosophers; Anthony Gottlieb, author of The Dream of Reason, a three-volume history of philosophy; James Miller, professor of political science and chair of the Committee on Liberal Studies at The New School for Social Research; Astra Taylor, independent filmmaker and director of Zizek! and Examined Life: Philosophy Is in the Streets; and Cornel West, author of Race Matters and Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University. The panel will be moderated by Lewis H. Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly.

This event will take place on Wednesday, January 26, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., in Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street. This event is sold out, but will be live-streamed on the day of the event at: A week after the event, the recording will be listed on the New School Youtube channel at:

This event is presented by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library and sponsored by the Committee on Liberal Studies.

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