Professor, Writer, Philosophical Counselor
Welcome to my online home for writing, my philosophical work, my books, and my philosophical counseling practice.
Philosophical counseling aims to fulfill philosophy’s perennial promise and responsibility: ‘Empty are the words of that philosopher who offers therapy for no human suffering. Just as there is no use in medical expertise if it does not give therapy for bodily diseases, so too there is no use in philosophy if it does not expel the suffering of the soul.’ Epicurus (341–271 BCE)
Books by Samir Chopra
(with Scott D. Dexter) Software is more than instructions for computing machines: it enables, and disables, political imperatives and policies. We ask, “What are the freedoms of free software, and how are they manifested?”
A Legal Theory for Autonomous Artificial Agents
(with Laurence F. White)
If artificial intelligence (AI) technology advances as today’s leading researchers predict, these agents may soon function with such limited human input that they appear to act independently. When they achieve that level of autonomy, what legal status should they have?
Brave New Pitch
The “gentleman’s game” is on the brink of radical changes due to the emergence of a new economics of limited over games and television rights, shifting the control of the game away from its older colonial masters to new postcolonial upstarts. In Brave New Pitch, Samir Chopra examines cricket’s tumultuous present, and considers what could and should lie ahead.
Eye on Cricket
Steeped in the sport’s history and cultural significance, Eye on Cricket is Samir Chopra’s deeply personal take on the entrancing game of cricket.
Publications by Samir Chopra
‘There are two ways in which philosophy can help us with anxiety: a specific doctrine may offer us a prescription for how to rid ourselves of anxiety; and philosophical method may help us understand our anxiety better.‘Anxiety’ is inchoate, a formless dread; why do we feel it, and must we suffer it? Philosophy’s answer is that anxiety is a constitutive aspect of the human condition; we must live with it. We will always be anxious in some measure, but we do not have to be anxious about being anxious.’– from ‘On Not Being Anxious About Anxiety’
Refusing to Stick to the Subject
- Mark Twain On The ‘Growing’ Wisdom Of Our ParentsMark Twain is famously said to have revised his assessment of his parents’ wisdom: When I was seventeen I was convinced my father was a damn fool. When I was twenty-one I was astounded by how much the old manContinue reading “Mark Twain On The ‘Growing’ Wisdom Of Our Parents”
- Philosophy Department As ‘Houses Of Healing,’ Not ‘Houses Of Production’In ‘Two Pedagogies for Happiness: Healing Goals and Healing Methods in the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas and the Śrī Bhāsyạ of Rāmānuja,’¹ Martin Ganeri (citing Paul Griffiths) writes: [T]he root metaphor for scholastic intellectual practice is that of reading.Continue reading “Philosophy Department As ‘Houses Of Healing,’ Not ‘Houses Of Production’”
- Kierkegaard On Being Educated By Possibility (And Anxiety)In The Concept of Anxiety, Soren Kierkegaard writes Whoever is educated by anxiety is educated by possibility, and only he who is educated by possibility is educated according to his infinitude. Therefore possibility is the weightiest of all categories….in possibility allContinue reading “Kierkegaard On Being Educated By Possibility (And Anxiety)”