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Philosopher biographies – A random mish-mash, listed chronologically by philosophical era.

110. Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist (2012)
by Christof Koch
 
 
Part scientific overview, part memoir: one man’s quest for an explanation for consciousness.
 
 
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109. The Making of a Philosopher: My Journey Through Twentieth-Century Philosophy (2002)
by Colin McGinn
 
 
The self–portrait of a penetrating mind over a life on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
 
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108. The Philosophical I: Personal Reflections on Life in Philosophy (2002)
by George Yancy et al
 
 
Fascinating self-portraits by 16 philosophers in the United States and Canadian academy.
 
 
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107. A Life in the Academy (2013)
by Robert Paul Wolff
 
 
A delightful self-portrait that includes an inside look at a variety of institutions of higher learning in the United States and South Africa.
 
 
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106. Philosopher: A Kind Of Life (2001)
by Ted Honderich
 
 
The story of a perilous progress from boyhood in Canada to the Grote Professorship of Mind and Logic in London.
 
 
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105. Derrida: A Biography (2012)
by Benoit Peeters
 
 
The story of a Jewish boy from Algiers who went on to become the most widely translated French philosopher in the world.
 
 
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104. Confessions of a Philosopher (1997)
by Bryan Magee
 
 
In this infectiously exciting book, Bryan Magee tells the story of his own discovery of philosophy.
 
 
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103. Habermas: A Biography (2014)
by Stefan Müller-Doohm
 
 
Traces the intellectual development of one of the most important public intellectuals of our time.
 
 
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102. Jürgen Habermas: A Philosophical-Political Profile (2001)
by Martin Joseph Matuštík
 
 
A lively and dramatic engagement with major themes of Habermas’ adult life in postwar Germany.
 
 
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101. The Passion of Michel Foucault (1993)
by James Miller
 
 
A startling portrait of one of the twentieth century’s most influential philosophers.
 
 
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100. The Lives of Michel Foucault (1993)
by David Macey
 
 
The richest account to date of Michel Foucault’s life and work.
 
 
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99. Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend (1995)
by Paul Feyerabend
 
 
The self-portrait of one of the century’s most original and influential intellectuals.
 
 
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98. Iris Murdoch as I Knew Her (2003)
by A. N. Wilson
 
 
A brilliant, controversial and insightful biography.
 
 
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97. A Philosopher’s Story (1999)
by Morton White
 
 
Professional philosophers seldom write their memoirs and, when they do, they rarely produce books as engaging as this one.
 
 
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96. Alan Turing: The Enigma (1983)
by Andrew Hodges
 
 
A bestselling biography: the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.
 
 
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95. A. J. Ayer: A Life (1999)
by Ben Rogers
 
 
A powerful biography of a provocative and unforgettable man whose ideas changed the landscape of Western thought.
 
 
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94. More of My Life (1984)
by A. J. Ayer
 
 
A picture of a rich public and private life: the second of two autobiographies written by Ayer.
 
 
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93. Part of My Life (1977)
by A. J. Ayer
 
 
A picture of a remarkably precocious boy: the first of two autobiographies written by Ayer.
 
 
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92. A Mind and its Time: The Development of Isaiah Berlin’s Political Thought (2013)
by Joshua L. Cherniss
 
 
The genesis and development of Berlin’s political thought, philosophical views, and historical understanding.
 
 
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91. Isaiah Berlin: A Life (1998)
by Michael Ignatieff
 
 
Berlin agreed to talk about himself, and so for ten years, he allowed Michael Ignatieff to interview him.
 
 
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90. The Time of My Life: An Autobiography (1985)
by Willard Van Orman Quine
 
 
One of the world’s most famous philosophers as no one else has seen him before.
 
 
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89. A Life of H. L. A. Hart: The Nightmare and the Noble Dream (2004)
by Nicola Lacey
 
 
A chronicle of a life which made an impact far greater than many of us realize.
 
 
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88. Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World (1982)
by Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
 
 
Prize-winning biography of one of the foremost political philosophers of the twentieth century.
 
 
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87. Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel (2005)
by Rebecca Goldstein
 
 
An unforgettable account of one of the great moments in the history of human thought.
 
 
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86. Sartre: A Philosophical Biography (2014)
by Thomas R. Flynn
 
 
An extensive work and a major contribution to Sartre studies.
 
 
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85. Words (1964)
by Jean-Paul Sartre
 
 
Sartre’s brilliant recollection of growing up within the confines of French provincialism in the period before the First World War.
 
 
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84. Adorno: A Biography (2005)
by Stefan Müller-Doohm
 
 
This outstanding biography will be the standard work on Adorno for years to come.
 
 
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83. Frank Ramsey (1903-1930): A Sister’s Memoir (2012)
by Margaret Paul
 
 
Margaret Ramsey’s memoir of her prodigious brother and the era in which they lived.
 
 
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82. Karl Popper: The Formative Years, 1902-1945 (2000)
by Malachi Haim Hacohen
 
 
A compelling portrait of the young Popper as socialist reformer and revolutionary philosopher.
 
 
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81. Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography (1976)
by Karl Popper
 
 
At the age of 8, Popper was puzzling over infinity and by 15 taking a keen interest in his father’s lavish library.
 
 
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80. Alfred Tarski: Life and Logic (2004)
by Anita Burdman Feferman & Solomon Feferman
 
 
The first full-length biography of one of the greatest logicians of all time.
 
 
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79. Hans-Georg Gadamer: A Biography (2003)
by Jean Grondin
 
 
Gadamer’s life and his ideas in the context of some of the century’s darkest and most complex historical events.
 
 
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78. Leo Strauss: An Intellectual Biography (2007)
by Daniel Tanguay
 
 
Indispensable for anyone seeking to understand Strauss’s philosophy and legacy.
 
 
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77. Wittgenstein’s Poker (2001)
by David Edmonds & John Eidinow
 
 
In a crowded Cambridge room, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper came face to face for the first and last time.
 
 
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76. Martin Heidegger: Between Good and Evil (1998)
by Rüdiger Safranski
 
 
The best intellectual biography of Heidegger ever written: a best-seller in Germany.
 
 
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75. Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius (1990)
by Ray Monk
 
 
Deeply intelligent and generous to the ordinary reader. A beautiful portrait of a beautiful life.
 
 
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74. Wittgenstein: A Life – Young Ludwig 1889-1921 (1988)
by Brian McGuinness
 
 
Traces the life of Wittgenstein from his privileged childhood to the appearance of the Tractatus.
 
 
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73. An Autobiography (1939)
by R. G. Collingwood
 
 
The self-told life-story of an English academic, seen from Oxford just before the Second World War.
 
 
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72. Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher (2008)
by Leonard Harris & Charles Molesworth
 
 
Reclaims Locke’s place in the pantheon of America’s most important minds.
 
 
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71. Ernst Cassirer: The Last Philosopher of Culture (2008)
by Edward Skidelsky
 
 
The first extensive intellectual biography of Cassirer in English in two decades.
 
 
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110. Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist (2012)

by Christof Koch

Part scientific overview, part memoir: one man’s quest for an explanation for consciousness.

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