On Philosophy, Prison, Freedom and Shame

An interview with philosopher Andy West

Will Buckingham
8 min readDec 9, 2021

Van Gogh, Prisoners Exercising (1890), Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Andy West is Philosopher in Residence at HMP Pentonville, and the author of the frankly brilliant The Life Inside: A Memoir of Prison, Family and Philosophy, which is due out from Picador in February 2022.

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Will Buckingham

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