Columbus: Galen Strawson on Things That Bother Me
Join us at Book Culture on Columbus as Galen Strawson discusses his new book, Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, the Self, Etc., on Tuesday, April 17th at 7pm! Galen will be joined in conversation by David Auerbach.
An original collection of lauded philosopher Galen Strawson's writings on the self and consciousness, naturalism and pan-psychism.
Galen Strawson might be described as the Montaigne of modern philosophers, endlessly curious, enormously erudite, unafraid of strange, difficult, and provocative propositions, and able to describe them clearly--in other words, he is a true essayist. Strawson also shares with Montaigne a particular fascination with the elastic and elusive nature of the self and of consciousness. Of the essays collected here, "A Fallacy of Our Age" (an inspiration for Vendela Vida's novel Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name) takes issue with the commencement-address cliche that life is a story. Strawson questions whether it is desirable or even meaningful to think about life that way. "The Sense of the Self" offers an alternative account, in part personal, of how a distinct sense of self is not at all incompatible with a sense of the self as discontinuous, leading Strawson to a position that he sees as in some ways Buddhist. "Real Naturalism" argues that a fully naturalist account of consciousness supports a belief in the immanence of consciousness in nature as a whole (also known as panpsychism), while in the final essay Strawson offers a vivid account of coming of age in the 1960s.
Drawing on literature and life as much as on philosophy, this is a book that prompts both argument and wonder.
Galen Strawson is a writer and professor of philosophy. He has published seven books of philosophy and is currently the President's Chair in Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin.
David Auerbach is a National Magazine Award-nominated writer and software engineer. He previously worked for Google and Microsoft. He has contributed to The Daily Beast, Slate, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, n+1, Bookforum, the MIT Technology Review, and many other publications. His book Bitwise: A Life in Code will be published in August by Pantheon