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Philosophy’s focus on the possible is the source of its distinctive beauty, and also its special dangers. 44 Arthur Danto November 4, 2004 New York History has been the central category of my philosophy, and the way we define our experience through narrative structures—through stories. The thing about stories is that we don’t know how they are going to turn out, and how different the beginning is going to look to us when we see how it all ended. Philosophers mainly get hung up on the connection between consciousness and the brain, but my interest is in the historical structure of consciousness—how the consciousness of someone living in the thirteenth century has to have been different from the consciousness of someone living as we do in the twenty-first century.

I have tried, in my most recent work, to understand the basis of practical reason and the structure of the self. 60 Michael Friedman November 11, 2003 Stanford, California After joining the philosophy department at Harvard the eminent British mathematician and logician Alfred North Whitehead published a book entitled Adventures of Ideas. For me philosophy is just such an adventure—one involving, in particular, the complex interaction between philosophical, mathematical, and scientific ideas throughout their intricately intertwined historical development.

On the other hand, many philosophers are quite good company; the arguments they use are generally better than the ones that lawyers use; and we do get to go to as many faculty meetings as we like at no extra charge. 58 Harry Frankfurt July 2, 2007 New York I devoted the early years of my career to studying the philosophy of Descartes, especially some of its most distinctive epistemological features. Subsequently, I turned to the philosophy of action, where I concentrated on issues concerning free will and responsibility.

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