Joseph Margolis


On his book The Arts and the Definition of the Human: Toward a Philosophical Anthropology

Cover Interview of January 10, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The human self is a ‘natural artifact.’”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The present book addresses, in an accessible way, an essential piece of the general question that ramifies through the whole of the human world: what is the nature of a human being and how does he function in the physical and cultural world he inhabits?”

On the second:

“I don’t pretend to determine whether the world is a flux or depends on some ultimate invariance.  I think we must decide for ourselves, however, if the conception of a fluxive world can compete effectively with the usual commitment to invariance.”