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conceptual tensions in contemporary life

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These jaunty essays on philosphical themes that cut through contemporary existence examine the conceptual tensions that define us and confine us. Non-technical, addressed at a general audience, the essays seek to free us from our stuck and unreflective stances, and to exorcise the semantic demons that oppress us and hold us in thoughtless thrall. Logical rigour meets love of paradox to produce therapeutic puns.

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Michael Picard, PhD
Michael Picard, PhD

Michael Picard, MSc PhD, studied philosophy at MIT. He is author of This is Not a Book (revised in 2012 as Philosophy: Adventures in Thought and Reasoning), which has been translated into six languages and has sold over 100,000 copies globally. He has facilitated hundreds of public participatory philosophy dialogues, originally at weekly Cafe Philosophy sessions in Victoria, Canada, for which most of these essays were originally written. Picard teaches philosophy at Douglas College and cognitive science at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

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