Forbidden Conversations

Forbidden Conversations

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by Eric Dietrich, Tara Fox Hall
     
 

This book contains a series of conversations, rendered in the form of a dialogue, between three friends on topics which Americans are actively prevented from discussing, except perhaps in private, behind closed doors. The prevention of these discussions is destructive both to American social discourse and to the future of our democracy.

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This book contains a series of conversations, rendered in the form of a dialogue, between three friends on topics which Americans are actively prevented from discussing, except perhaps in private, behind closed doors. The prevention of these discussions is destructive both to American social discourse and to the future of our democracy.

Dialogues are not plays. They are an ancient and venerable pedagogical technique for introducing controversial or difficult subjects, and have been used to great effect by well known philosophers. Easier to read than essays, dialogues should not be confused with the sort of conversations one finds in novels or movies. George Berkeley skillfully used the dialogue format to introduce his radical form of idealism: the notion that everything that exists depends upon minds for that very existence. In 1632, the great Galileo famously used a dialogue to argue for the heliocentric theory of the solar system. His book Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was so powerful and controversial that Galileo was convicted of heresy by the Catholic Inquisition.

Though the topics of the conversations recorded herein are themselves quite controversial, the fact that they are now in your hands is due to something even more controversial: one of the participants of these conversations died in an effort to bring them to the reading public. Whether that death and its accompanying violence were worth it, we will leave to the reader to decide.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016387710
Publisher:
B.K. Wright/Beau to Beau Books
Publication date:
03/19/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
399 KB

Meet the Author

Tara Fox Hall received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Her writing credits include nonfiction short stories, flash, short and novella-length horror stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance and fantasy. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in *Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing*(Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.**

Eric Dietrich is a professor of philosophy at Binghamton University. Before studying philosophy, he was a concert pianist and mountain climber. He has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Wyoming, and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arizona. Between those two degrees, he worked for a Nasa/Defense Department contractor in their artificial intelligence unit. He is the author of numerous papers, most recently focusing on paraconsistent logic and true contradictions. He co-authored, with Valerie Hardcastle, Sisyphus's Boulder: Consciousness and the Limits of the Knowable, a book on consciousness's resistance to scientific explanation. He also edits the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence. His most-read paper is "There is no progress in philosophy." With Tara Fox Hall, he wrote "The Allure of the Serial Killer," which came out in the book Serial Killers, edited by Sara Waller.

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