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Professor Mark Kingwell talks about sharing your space, walking, why children are good philosophers and how all philosophical reflection begins in wonder.


Mark Kingwell, M.Litt, M.Phil, PhD, D.F.A. (born March 1, 1963) is a Canadian professor of philosophy and associate chair at the University of Toronto‘s Department of Philosophy. Kingwell is a fellow of Trinity College. He specialises in theories of politics and culture.

Kingwell has published twelve books, most notably, A Civil Tongue: Justice, Dialogue, and the Politics of Pluralism,which was awarded the Spitz Prize for political theory in 1997. In 2000 Kingwell received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, for contributions to theory and criticism. He has held visiting posts at institutions including: University of Cambridge, University of California at Berkeley, and City University of New York where he held the title of Weissman Distinguished Professor of Humanities.

His most recent book is: How To Measure Yourself Against The Earth.

His books have included, A Civil Tongue (1995); Dreams of Millennium (1997); Better Living (1998); The World We Want (2000); Practical Judgments (2002); Catch and Release (2003); Opening Gambits (2008) and a sample of his articles with wonderful titles like, “Is It Rational To Be Polite?” (1993); “Interpretation, Dialogue, and the Just Citizen” (1993); “Madpeople and Ideologues” (1994); “The Plain Truth About Common Sense” (1995); “Defending Political Virtue” (1996); “Two Concepts of Pluralism”

Catch my first interview with Mark Kingwell here