Hubert Dreyfus is one of the brilliant contemporary philosophers selected to be featured in “The Space of Love and Garbage,” a book which collects for the first time in one place twenty of the most outstanding works from the Harvard Review of Philosophy.
Hubert Dreyfus is Professor of Philosophy in the graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests bridge the analytic and Continental traditions in 20th-century philosophy, and include phenomenology, existentialism, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of literature, and philosophical implications of artificial intelligence;
Two of his essays are featured in this book, “Existential Phenomenology,” and “The Brave New World of The Matrix.” In the essay “The Brave New World of The Matrix,” Hubert Dreyfus thinks through the philosophical implications of the movie The Matrix, examining the film’s question of elemental skepticism—Do we exist in reality as we seem to ourselves?—and extends that skepticism to question the value of reality. Is it “better to live in the real world no matter how miserable rather than living in an illusory world that makes us feel good?” and Dreyfus father and son give their provocative answers.
Hubert is just one of the great minds featured in this collection. Focusing on personal, emotional and political issues, these pieces illuminate just those areas of philosophy and life that are most important to living ‘the good life’ to its fullest as an individual and as a citizen.