What They Are Reading

Professor of Philosophy Alexander George writes about the books on his figurative bedside table:

Keeping potted portraits of others’ works or of my reactions to a minimum, here instead are selected quotations, from stuff recently read, that did something for me.

From W. H. Auden’s Selected Poems, but not selected by him and including some poems he loathed and was ashamed to have written, though not this from “Horae Canonicae”: “at this noon, on this hill / in the occasion of this dying.”


Office Space: Alexander George

In a large French Second Empire building off College Street live the departments of Black Studies and Philosophy. Cooper House, a place actress Uma Thurman once called home, was renovated in 2002 to accommodate additional office and classroom space. One of those newly renovated offices belongs to Professor of Philosophy Alexander George. Here is a brief look into some of the odds and ends of his Amherst abode. 

New York Times: "What Would Socrates Say" Helps Make Philosophy Stylish

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"What Would Socrates Say," a new book edited by Amherst College philosophy professor Alexander George, is helping to make philosophy stylish. The book was reviewed in the Sunday, Sept. 2, New York Times.
Published in Britain this summer and now available in the U.S., "What Would Socrates Say?" collects some of the best questions and answers from askphilosophers.org, which allows people to pose questions to a panel of philosophers.

Professors Alexander George and Daniel Velleman Are Authors of New Book About the Philosophy of Mathematics

March 11, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—Alexander George, professor of philosophy, and Daniel Velleman, professor of mathematics at Amherst College, are the authors of Philosophies of Mathematics ($64.95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback, Blackwell Publishers, 2002).