What is Philosophy? – Michael Munro (Punctum Books, New York, 2012)
Reviewed by Vaughan Rapatahana
This is a refreshing book, mainly because it is not exactly a book for it is freely obtainable online, thus optionally printable only – and if you wish to donate to the cause of Punctum Books, you also have another option. Such ‘Open Access’ publication is now a burgeoning trait in the online kingdom of speculative realist philosophies, such as the case with this title.
It is also a refreshingly downloadable and printable file not simply because of this format, but also because of its content, for Munro has made absolutely no claims to be a ‘professional’ philosopher, or indeed to be any sort of philosopher per se. As he says on what could be the back cover – He has no university affiliation, no awards, nor other publications. His work is approved by the Interzone Bureau of Vagabond Thinker Lovers.
For Munro has no intention to even begin to define exactly what philosophy is. More, he is seemingly more interested in ruminating and rather extensively quoting from a myriad of historical and contemporary figures, as to what philosophy might be, what philosophy is not, and how philosophy is a constant contradiction of itself. Read more »