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
- Killing a Friendship Over EmailModern relationships end in strange ways. Last year, a friend terminated a friendship with me over email. We had not met in over a year, and had been exchanging emails on trying to find a time and place to meetContinue reading “Killing a Friendship Over Email”
- The American Republic Stands By For A 3-6 ShellackingThe American Republic, not content with having one election decided by nine unelected officials (Bush v. Gore, circa 2000), is gearing up yet again to have its Grand Prize, its esteemed (and very expensive) presidential election, decided by another unelectedContinue reading “The American Republic Stands By For A 3-6 Shellacking”
- William James On The ‘Automatic, Therapeutic Decision’In Existential Psychotherapy, Irvin Yalom, writing of conscious, directed, self-therapeutic change, writes of the ‘essential’ role of personal decisions and choices in ‘effective’ therapy, and invokes William James‘ five-fold taxonomy of decisions “only two of which, the first and theContinue reading “William James On The ‘Automatic, Therapeutic Decision’”