A political philosopher speaks

By: Caitlin Hayes,  Cornell Research
May 15, 2017

The research of Richard W. Miller, professor of philosophy and director of the Program on Ethics & Public Life, is explored in this recent Cornell Research story.

The story says that as a graduate student, Miller became deeply interested in the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, who attempted to dissolve the question, “Does anything exist except my own experience?”

"It was the early 1970s, however. The Vietnam War was growing bloodier by the day, and while he wrote about solipsism and language, Miller also protested," the story says. "Soon, his activism began to more directly steer his intellectual path.

"The anti-war movement was what made me interested in political philosophy," Miller says in the story. “What to think about the nature of political power in the United States became very practically important.”

Read the full article on the Cornell Research website.

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