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
- Philosophical Counseling And Hellmuth Kaiser On Successful TherapyIn Existential Psychotherapy (Basic Books, New York, 1980), Irvin Yalom writes: The therapist healed, [Hellmuth] Kaiser believed, simply by being with the patient. Successful therapy requires “that the patient spends sufficient time with a person of certain personality characteristics.” WhatContinue reading “Philosophical Counseling And Hellmuth Kaiser On Successful Therapy”
- Like Camus’ Caligula, The Republican Party And Donald Trump Transform ‘Philosophy Into Corpses’In ‘Can We Call Trump A Killer?‘ Charles Blow writes: It seems that in every possible way, Trump has willfully and arrogantly put more Americans at risk of getting sick and dying, and the results have been inevitable: More AmericansContinue reading “Like Camus’ Caligula, The Republican Party And Donald Trump Transform ‘Philosophy Into Corpses’”
- Nietzsche On The Relief Of MortalityIn The Dawn of Day: Thoughts on The Prejudices of Morality, Nietzsche writes: With regard to knowledge the most useful accomplishment is perhaps: that the belief in the immortality of the soul has been abandoned. Now humanity is allowed toContinue reading “Nietzsche On The Relief Of Mortality”