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Posted August 9, 2012
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.