About

Greetings. I am a professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College of The City University of New York.  Here is my Amazon author’s page; I have written books on the politics of technology, the legal theory of artificial intelligence, military aviation history (my latest book in this genre has just been released), and cricket. This interview with 3AM Magazine provides some background on my work. (I began my academic career as a logician; this post explains why I am no longer one.)

I am currently working on an examination of the mutual influence of legal theory and philosophy (tentatively titled The Metaphysical Forge: The Legal Construction of Reality) and a memoirish examination of the politics of cricket fandom (tentatively titled: Shapeshifter: The Evolution of a Cricket Fan.) .

I have contributed articles to The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Nation, JacobinThe Washington Spectator, and Outlook and Open magazines. A link to these writings can be found–besides through the links above–in the Miscellaneous Writings page. I blog on cricket (the game, not the animal, or the cartoon character), at ESPNcricinfo, at The Cordon.

I occasionally cross-post to the New Art, Politics, Philosophy, and Science blog. Many thanks to its folks for inviting me to do so.

21 comments on “About

  1. fleybovich says:

    How did you become a blogger? I recently began blogging about a topic that fascinates me, I call The Rule of Opposites. As a philosophy professor at Brooklyn College, would you be able to contribute some of your writing to the blog? My most recent blog post is @ theruleofopposites.com

  2. Dear Samir Chopra : From your physiognomy, you MUST BE one of the 2 sons of my classmate and friend Pramod Chopra, {Late Squadron Leader P. C. Chopra, IAF, VrC and Bar ! And your Mom at GK ??} ! Are you {AFCS-Subroto Park and/or St. Paul’s Darjeeling ? I enjoyed reading your 1965 book at the USI, where I sit occasionally to finish my Quartet on The Evil Empire which begins in Nagalnd and goes through 1962 ! Hari Dang
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  3. Sanay Shah says:

    Hey samir!

    Read your post about fountain owns. Was great.

    I am a 17 year old artisan entrepreneur from Bombay and I make fountain pens by hand! I use rosewood, burlwood, resin etc and a German nib and converter. I use three things to make my pens:a lathe, a drilling machine and my hands🙂

    If you would like to purchase one,please email me on sanayshah1996@gmail.com ! Thanks.

    Best,
    Sanay

  4. Hi Samir, I just read your quietly eloquent eulogy to Phil Hughes and was so touched. Just about what I felt, really. What a tragedy.

    I’m writing to ask if you’d be willing to take a look at my recent book, “Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar”. Tunku Varadarajan wrote an appreciative review in Open, here: (see http://is.gd/Sm5fma) — the review called it a “minor classic” and had these lines: “The Indian cricket fan, ill-served for years by Indian cricket writers, has, at last, a reason to rejoice: Dilip D’Souza, a Mumbai-based journalist, has published a book called Final Test, on Sachin Tendulkar’s last Test match for India in November 2013. It is an unusual cricket book, being both unyieldingly microscopic and sweepingly contemplative, and brimming with digressions into politics, literature and sociology.”

    Some of what he says is why I thought that you, particularly, might be interested in it. Do let me know.

    yours,
    dilip d’souza

  5. Natarajan says:

    Hi Samir,

    Read your interesting article here – http://www.espncricinfo.com/blogs/content/story/703921.html

    And here is a scan copy that I found in internet.

    http://www.sci.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~schopra/FrithWCM83.pdf

  6. gaurav1729 says:

    I enjoy your blog very much! As you write about cricket, too, you may be interested in this article I wrote: https://imaginaryimage.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/5/. It was motivated as an attempt to explain to beginners *why* cricket is interesting, but I think it became an article to explain to myself why I enjoy it.

  7. Hello,
    I recently began to explore espncricinfo and came across some of your articles. Having been a great fan of the game since forever, I really liked your articles. Just wondering, who is your favourite cricketer?
    PS- Mine is Ganguly.

    Thanking you,

    Rishabh Bhasin

  8. Akshay says:

    Hi Samir,

    We are HITWICKET. A one of its kind cricket management game. We share your passion for cricket and are very excited about launching our very own blog post to keep our ever so enthusiastic cricket fans and family an exciting blog to read up on. We would like to feature an article by you on our blog. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Cheers!

  9. Alfredo Rodriguez says:

    Professor Chopra,

    You taught a course in American Pragmatism at the CUNY Graduate Center, which I really enjoyed and learned a great amount in. I vaguely remember you being involved in several different ventures, hence my reason for this post. I’d love to hear in more detail how one might be able to integrate two or more areas of intellectual interest, for example, philosophy and cricket, into a successful career. By successful I mean, one that provides a decent standard of living, yet allows one to gain a sense of accomplishment. To be more precise, I am an accountant working in the banking industry for 15 years and counting, but decided to study philosophy and political theory several years ago. Philosophy and Accounting/Finance both demand critical and analytical thinking, but there are vast differences in methodologies and purposes. I have to admit the gulf between these two disciplines is great, but I’m hoping you have some insight, or can direct me to helpful resources, that may help me reconcile the two.

    Many thanks,

    A. Rodriguez

  10. Love your blog Samir. Trying to subscribe or whatever so hopefully filling out this form will do the trick.

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