BOOKS by Geoffrey Klempner available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
A Better Ray Gun and Other Tales: twenty sci-fi stories with a philosophical twist
“Science fiction has always provided a rich resource for Philosophy. What is different about this collection of twenty short sci-fi stories is that were all written by a Philosopher. They cover every aspect of science fiction. All the familiar ‘tropes’ are here — with a twist — but these tales are designed to make you think as much as to entertain. They will overturn your expectations, undermine your easy-going assumptions and hopefully make you see the world and yourself differently. Which is all that philosophy sets out to do. Have fun!”
I Might Have Not Existed But Someone Exactly Like Me Might have Existed In My Place: the idiotic conundrum
“This book represents the product of a year’s work on a single Question which I call the ‘idiotic conundrum’. Part I consists of writing done over July and August 2019. Part II consists of writing done during May 2020. A new lead had emerged, and I pursued it as far as I could. It ends with a discovery that has forced me to reassess all the work I have done to date. In the Appendix, I have placed transcripts of my three recent YouTube videos, which deal with the same Question. These were done in September and December 2019 and February 2020, in between the two pieces of writing.”
Ethical Dilemmas: a primer for decision makers
‘Ethical Dilemmas’ is for anyone interested in philosophy, but especially aimed at those who are in a position to make strategic decisions which involve a company’s long term goals and values. “I loved the text because, without renouncing the philosophical discussion that accompanies any ethical decision, in a very practical way Klempner goes into the core that underlies all ethical dilemmas” (Pablo Ayala Enríquez).
Naive Metaphysics: a theory of subjective and objective worlds
“If anyone has doubts about the continuing validity of metaphysics as a philosophical concern this book ought to remove those doubts… It is perhaps some time since such an impressive exercise in metaphysics has appeared on the scene, and anyone concerned with philosophy in its most abstract and profound aspects should welcome this book and find interest and stimulation in it.” (Professor D.W. Hamlyn)
“If Salinger, Woody Allen, the later Wittgenstein, Julio Cortazar, Mallarme, Patti Smith, and Baudrillard attempted to write a book together, it would be like this — Including the sound of r’n’r of the 1960s and 1970s.” (Sanja Ivic) “A celebration of philosophy on philosophy’s own terms — a search for hard-nosed metaphysical objectivity by means of a vulnerable and very personal investigation.” (Matthew Sims)
Philosophizer (Black Edition)
First published as an Amazon Kindle eBook in June 2016, this expanded ‘Black Edition’ contains entries from Geoffrey Klempner’s Glass House Philosopher Notebook III, 7th September 2016 to 28th February 2017, where the author develops some of the themes from Philosophizer.
“Imagine you are Alice, in Alice in Wonderland, or Through the Looking Glass, or Dorothy in Wizard of Oz — or Neo in ‘The Matrix’ (the movie script cleverly references Alice and Dorothy in the same scene). You are about to embark on a mini-adventure, which is also designed as a course of instruction (kind of, if you are willing to be instructed). Try not to anticipate. Let go, if you can. Let the ride carry you along.”
Philosophy Q and A
Philosophy Q and A is a compilation of answers to philosophical questions on a wide range of topics covering most areas of philosophy. Re-arranged in alphabetical order, the answers were originally posted on the Ask a Philosopher web site between 2009–2011 and are all written by the author.
The Metaphysics of Meaning
Submitted to the University of Oxford in 1982, Geoffrey Klempner’s D.Phil thesis is still arguably ahead of its time — in its radical critique of theories of meaning and the proposal of an alternate ‘dialectics’ of language, its interpretation of the philosophies of Kant and Wittgenstein, and the treatment of realism about truth and meaning as a ‘metaphysical illusion’.