Roots in the Air

A Philosophical Autobiography of a Philosopher, Artist, and Musician


By way of dialogues, Michael Krausz offers philosophical reflections about his life as philosopher, artist, and musician. He also rehearses his views about relativism, interpretation, creativity, and self-realization. Much of Krausz’s work has been inspired by conversations with thinkers such as Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn, Isaiah Berlin, the Dalai Lama, and musicians such as Josef Gingold, Frederik Prausnitz, and Luis Biava. While the death of his grandparents in Auschwitz continues to disquiet his consciousness, Krausz’s critiques of versions of Advaitic Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism led him to a distinctive humanism. This thought-provoking book includes personal and professional accounts about particular philosophers, artists, and musicians. It will edify anyone who, like Krausz, has confronted issues of self-identity and human existence.

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Michael Krausz is is Research Professor and Milton C. Nahm Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Bryn Mawr College. He is author of Rightness and Reasons; Varieties of Relativism; Limits of Rightness; Interpretation and Transformation; Dialogues on Relativism, Absolutism, and Beyond; and Oneness and the Displacement of Self. He is also a visual artist and orchestra conductor. He has had thirty-six solo exhibitions in the US, UK, and India. He has conducted in the US and Europe.
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Part 1: My Journey

1Early Years: Geneva, New York, Cleveland
2Music and My Jewish Question
3Rutgers, London School of Economics, Indiana, Toronto, and Oxford
4Bryn Mawr, Philadelphia, Oxford Again, and Other Places
5My Epiphany and Art
6My Music Again
7My India
8Transitions and Trajectories

Part 2: Philosophical Reflections



Appendix A: Chronology
Appendix B: Select Bibliography of Michael Krausz
Appendix C: For Further Reading
Name Index
Subject Index
All interested in dialogues about relativism, interpretation, creativity, self-realization, humanism, Jewish identity, Eastern traditions, and those interested in Michael Krausz’s career in philosophy, art, and music.
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