Alone in the Labyrinth









From years of internationally popular blogs, Hugh Curtler has selected four-hundred pages of thought-provoking commentary on the world today and yesterday, editing slightly and arranging his blogs into six chapters on the following topics:  Seeking Answers, Education, Law and Freedom, Virtue and Values, Society and Culture, and Art and Education.  Although Ellis Press is not Oxford University Press (publishers of Curtler’s Ethical Argument), Alone in the Labyrinth promises to be every bit as insightful and relevant as the author’s previous books.

Comments from readers of Curtler’s previous books:

“This is philosophy written in an accessible and wonderfully refreshing way.  Hugh Curtler offers penetrating insights about an astonishingly wide variety of topics, ranging from debates about the morality of war, relativism in arty, and the education of our children, to the impact of sports upon human emotion.  Each chapter is a philosophically rich essay written in the grand style of Bacon, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, and Russell.  Timely, insightful, and informed, this volume contains something for every reflective person.”—Tomis Kapitan, chair, Department of Philosophy, Northern Illinois University   

“Hugh Curtler has a truly independent mind, informed by decades of experience, reading, and reflection.  His thoughts cannot be boxed and labeled “conservative” or “liberal.”  He’s out to bother us all, to make us question easy attitudes and automatic thinking.  Free of academic jargon, his style is conversational, clear, and direct.  As he moved among a wide range of issues we encounter in everyday life, Curtler shows how deeply useful philosophy can be.”—Barton Sutter, senior lecturer, department of English, University of Wisconsin, Superior

“Reading Provoking Thought is like sitting down to a dinner conversation that you wish wouldn’t end.  Ranging nimbly over the state of American education, sports, popular culture, and politics, Hugh Curtler taps into his 41 years as a philosophy teacher, making the great thoughts of the Western tradition speak to the anxieties, perplexities, and absurdities of our times.”—Austin Dacey, The Center for Inquiry, New York City.