Inner Space Philosophy
Why the Next Stage of Human Development Should Be Philosophical, Explained Radically (Suitable for Wolves)
by James Tartaglia
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Pub Date 1 Jul 2024 | Archive Date 13 May 2024
Collective Ink Limited, IFF Books
A unique philosophic fantasia, using imagination and drama to argue for philosophy’s vital importance to the human future.
Inner Space Philosophy is both a work of original philosophy and an entertainment package, since Tartaglia believes imaginative presentation to be a crucial feature of our philosophical traditions, one which has been neglected to our detriment in the drive to model philosophy on science. Arguing for the utmost importance of philosophy to the human future, such that we must eventually become 'a philosophical people', Tartaglia discusses topics such as the meaning of life, idealism, materialism, determinism, video games and existential threats. These discussions transpire through ethereal encounters with philosophers from throughout world history, some from the distant future and prehistoric past, as well as a cosmic battle between 'Lady Luck', 'Fate' and 'Philosophy', and a biography of Gambo Lai Lai the Cynic, a philosopher from Trinidad who flourished during the golden age of calypso music. This is a book which amazes, challenges and provokes deep reflection in equal measure.
A Note From the Publisher
An extraordinarily original, profound, witty meditation on philosophy and on what should be its most fundamental preoccupations, Inner Space Philosophy reconnects philosophy with its roots in dialogue and drama. Tartaglia’s ear for the voices of his imaginary interlocuters shows perfect pitch and his lightly worn erudition covering millennia and embracing figures from widely separated cultures is astonishing. I will re-read this wonderful book and, between re-readings, will be in conversation with it, dancing in 'an inner space in which endless joyous questioning transpires'.
Raymond Tallis, bestselling author of Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity (2011), among many other works