Available from the 1st of May, this collection of rare essays on philosophers is expertly introduced by John Shand and edited by pioneering Wilson scholar/bibliographer Colin Stanley. It’s 253 pages feature dissections of seventeen philosophers. Besides the usual suspects (Nietzsche, Husserl, Camus, Sartre, Whitehead, Wittgenstein, Derrida) there are also studies of Cassirer, Ayer, Popper, Russell, Marcuse, Broad, Strawson, Warnock and Spinoza. In his essay on the latter Wilson writes that philosophers “are never so entertaining – or so instructive – as when they are beating one another over the head.” Alongside the likes of Eagle and Earwig or Below the Iceberg, this looks like one of Wilson’s best collections of short pieces.
Colin Wilson – Collected Essays on Philosophers, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. More information and a free extract is available here