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Author Talk: Ask a Philospher with Ian Olasov

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Virtual Philosophy Network https://www.virtualphilosophynetwork.com is hosting Ian Olasov for a discussion of his upcoming book. Ask a Philosopher: Answers to Your Most Important and Most Unexpected Questions.


Based on thousands of interactions on New York City streets, Ian Olasov has written a book about the philosophical curiosities of everyday pedestrians that is sure to delight anyone who loves life’s most puzzling questions.

Based on real-life questions from his Ask a Philosopher series, Ian Olasov offers his answers to questions such as:

– Are people innately good or bad?
– Is it okay to have a pet fish?
– Is it okay to have kids?
– Is color subjective?
– If humans colonize Mars, who will own the land?
– Is ketchup a smoothie?
– Is there life after death?
– Should I give money to homeless people?

Ask a Philosopher shows that there’s a way of making philosophy work for each of us, and that philosophy can be both perfectly continuous with everyday life, and also utterly transporting. From questions that we all wrestle with in private to questions that you never thought to ask, Ask a Philosopher will get you thinking.

Ian Olasov (https://ianolasov.com/) is an adjunct professor and doctoral candidate at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. His writing has appeared in Slate, Vox, Public Seminar, and elsewhere. Olasov won the American Philosophical Association’s Public Philosophy Op-Ed Prize in 2016 and 2018. He runs the Ask a Philosopher booth in locations around New York City and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


September 29
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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