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501 Things You Should Have Learned About Philosophy

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If you’re honest, how much do you really know about any of this stuff? The older we get the less we seem to know and the less time we have to bone up on the essentials. One day, you tell yourself, you’ll get round to finding out. Well that day has arrived, so welcome to your intensive vacation primer! 
 
Forget boring lectures and dusty professors, this book presents history’s greatest philosophers and their big ideas in fascinating,...
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Overview

If you’re honest, how much do you really know about any of this stuff? The older we get the less we seem to know and the less time we have to bone up on the essentials. One day, you tell yourself, you’ll get round to finding out. Well that day has arrived, so welcome to your intensive vacation primer! 
 
Forget boring lectures and dusty professors, this book presents history’s greatest philosophers and their big ideas in fascinating, easy-to-understand and manageable chucks. You’ll learn how philosophical ideas have shaped the world around us, from our politics and religion to our language and ethics, and
be challenged by some of the puzzles and paradoxes that have had philosophers thinking for centuries. By the end of this book, you’ll know your Descartes from your Dewey, Hobbes from Hegel and so much more. This really is everything you should have learned about philosophy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435140783
  • Publisher: Metro Books
  • Publication date: 6/30/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    There's a reason you won't find this book in any other bookstore

    There's a reason you won't find this book in any other bookstores. Amazon doesn't even carry it... and they have everything! That's because this book is worse than you would expect it to be. What do I mean by that? Nobody expects much from "top 10" lists or "50 Greatest" whatever lists. They're written by hacks who just want to grab attention and the lists never really have any weight beyond the author's opinion. This book is worse than that. Not only is it a very light read for 256 pages (most of the pages have very little content), what content there is clearly pushes the author's agenda: Christianity. How? He completely dismisses Nietzsche ("...and he never wrote another sane word" - what he says about one of the greatest and most respected philosophers of the existentialist movement), handwaves the "new atheist" movement (as he calls it) in such a way it makes you wonder why he even brought it up... other than to say that the arguments are "not very sophisticated"... not that he mentions any of them so you can decide for yourself, though... and he devotes six pages - SIX! - to Aquinas's proofs for the existence of god... which any serious modern philosophy student knows are just silly (he just assumes his conclusions each time!). The cherry on top? The author... and I apologize to all REAL authors out there by including him in with your lot... includes "fast facts" throughout the book to fill up the 501 things quota that are mostly just quotes from or about the philosopher or the argument being covered. Those count as facts? Opinions are facts? And yes, before you just dismiss this as my own crazy hypothesis, this book is not classified as philosophy, either. It's in the religion section... or it would be, were it not solidly in the bargain bin.

    Really, this book isn't worth the paper it's printed on. In fact, I'm pretty sure I could buy a blank book for more than what Barnes and Noble is selling it for... meaning that the words this guy put down actually DEVALUED THE PAPER. You would be better off taking an intro course on philosophy... or just reading Wikipedia.

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