New York and the Examined Life

This clip features two of my favorite philosophers: Cornel West and Peter Singer. While I tend to disagree with them on certain philosophical grounds, I love their respective styles.

Singer discussing poverty in the context of extreme excess is classic.

Both of these men address issues that are dear to me. It is within this spirit that I am glad that I decided to be a political philosopher.

This is a trailer for a larger documentary. I cannot wait to see it.

A hat tip to Thom Brooks at The Brooks Blog for bringing this clip to my attention.


  1. Looks fantastic, thanks for posting this. I’m familiar with West from my readings in race, but I haven’t heard of Singer before.

  2. Yeah, this looks great. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. I love West, if anything for his style. He was recently on Colbert. While the question of obligation to the third world poor has moved beyond Singer, his argument really got the ball rolling. It also is a great way to introduce the issue of global ethics.

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