Prison, Family, and Philosophy
Andy West with Darren Chetty
Andy West teaches philosophy in prisons. He has conversations with people inside about their lives, discusses their ideas and feelings, and listens as the men and women he works with explore new ways to think about their situation. Could we ever be good if we never felt shame? What makes a person worthy of forgiveness? Could someone in prison ever be more free than someone outside? In this conversation with Darren Chetty, philosophy Andy West will remind us that thinking, debating, and learning are not luxuries but crucial for survival, urgent inquiries into who we are, as well as help us gain a new insight into our justice system, our prisons, and the plurality of lives found inside.
Andy West is a senior specialist at The Philosophy Foundation, as well as Philosopher in Residence at HMP Pentonville, and the author of The Life Inside: A Memoir of Prison, Family and Philosophy, which is due out from Picador in February. https://twitter.com/AndyWPhilosophy
Darren Chetty is a teacher, doctoral researcher and writer with research interests in education, philosophy, racism, children’s literature and hip hop culture. He is a contributor to The Good Immigrant (edited by Nikesh Shukla, 2016) and the co-author (with Jeffrey Boakye) of What Is Masculinity? (2019) and (with Adam Ferner) of How to Disagree(2019). twitter.com/rapclassroom