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John Hare is an eminent philosopher—a professor of philosophical theology at Yale. Among his books are “Why Bother Being Good? The Place of God in the Moral Life.” Hare is also a renowned teacher, prized by his students. He is the son of another eminent philosopher, R. M. Hare. He and Jay talk about that. What else do they talk about? Young Hare’s adventures in India, as a teenager. His time on a congressional staff. The evolution of his thought. His favorite philosophers (there are four of them). The question, Was Jesus Christ a philosopher? Also: How are American students faring today? Professor Hare says that the Internet is a boon, and a problem as well. All in all, a fascinating discussion, and a heartwarming one, too.
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