Is Kanye a Philosopher?
Serena Wong

22 May 2018

Kanye West, best known for his music career, is now expanding into philosophy, as revealed in an interview with his interior designer.

But the 'book' Kanye has in mind will find its medium not in printed pages, but in real-time tweets. He's thus far expounded on consciousness and the ownership of ideas—all in the 280 characters, of course. 

Can a series of tweets really constitute a book? And should we now consider Kanye a philosopher?

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Harold G. Neuman

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 -- 1:03 PM

Well. This is a tough one, in

Well. This is a tough one, in the context of these two years, AD "the (new) guy in the White house"(courtesy of Karen Whoopee Goldberg). If a series of tweets can constitute a presidency, then I suppose they might also constitute a book of sorts. But, I submit that on its face, the argument fails. Why? Because I am not a philosopher either. The difference is I actually think about, read, and write philosophy. If I were to tweet these kinds of things, I would, as a practical matter, still only be a person who thinks about, reads and writes philosophy. Mr. West can pretend to be anyone he wishes. People pretend to be what they are not. Every day. Let him go back to school if he wants to do philosophy. Otherwise, he is just a lot of hot air. Like that guy in the White house... And, uh, you won't be seeing any tweets from me, philosophical, or otherwise.