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:

  • a popular examination of the relationship of Bollywood war movies to the ‘Indian popular imagination’ (Bollywood Goes to War, contracted with HarperCollins);
  • a philosophical inquiry into the work of the Indian director, Shyam Benegal (Shyam Benegal: Philosopher and Filmmaker, contracted with Bloomsbury Academic.)

I have contributed articles to Aeon, 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 used to blog on the sport of cricket at ESPNcricinfo, at The Cordon. I have contributed some longform essays at Three Quarks Daily.

As of July 2019, I’m a certified philosophical counselor. You can read my Psychology Today profile here.

39 thoughts on “About

  1. 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

    Friday, 10th January, 2014
    From : Hari Dang Padma Shri
    Formerly SchoolMaster at The Doon School, Dehra Dun; Principal, The Army Public School; Principal, The Air Force School; Rector, St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling
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  3. 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.


  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.

    dilip d’souza

  5. 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

  6. 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.


  7. 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

  8. I’ve just enjoyed reading your piece on psychotherapy and time travel. Thank you for posting it and reading it has brightened up my morning here in the Wicklow hills in Ireland. Go raibh maith agat, Fiona

  9. Hi Samir, i was researching on the war of 1971-Liberation of East Pakistan, and got my hands on your book – Eagles over Bangladesh, it’s a brilliant read. I need more details on the same, is there a way i can get in touch with you over an email id.

  10. Hi Samir,

    I read your article How to Become Punjabi in New York City on Voices of NY. As a fellow Punjabi born and raised in New York City, I’m going through the same struggles in preserving my Punjabi identity and wanting to speak Punjabi. I would like to get your contact information and talk about this further in depth and perhaps meet each other since we’re both Punjabis.

    Thank You
    Usman Cheema

  11. Hullo Samir, I miss your presence in the Facebook realm. You vanished? Hope you and the family are keeping well. xo Leah Lemieux

    1. Hi Leah, so good to hear from you! Yes, I decided to exit Facebook and just keep my blog page active there. I was finding that it was taking too much time (and to be honest, I was getting a little depressed by all the bad political news!) I’m so glad you showed up here – I want to stay in touch with you! Hope you’ve been well. Please do drop me a line samirchopra1 AT Yahoo DOT com – it’d be nice to catch up and find out what you are up to these days!

  12. Hi Samir.
    Perhaps you missed my email; I know sometimes the stack of emails make it easy to
    Miss things when you’re not specifically looking.

    How about I will send you a copy of The Philosophical Hack to your department at Brooklyn College, listed here in your About, re: Samir Chopra. ?

  13. looking forward to read your book Bollywood Goes to War as I am teaching a course on understanding Indian Politics through Films in which I am doing a module on Depiction of Wars in Indian Cinema. When is it going to be published?

    1. Hi Rashmi, thanks for your comment. The book should be out next year. I send it to the publisher this year. Where are you teaching – the course sounds very interesting!

  14. when i was school kid, i saw on telly on sandeep patil hitting mudassar nazar straight i tried to find out about it now and happy to know it was not imaginary dream as it exist in your blog. it was a savage knock that would break any bones. thank u for posting that

  15. Hello , Mr Samir

    As i understand you are the coauthor of the book Eagles over Bangladesh. I would like to speak to in regard of the same. Looking forward to speak to you soon. may kindly email me on the address mentioned below in the details.

    Sqn Ldr Mohan

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