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Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics

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This illustrated primer on philosophy is a great way to be introduced to a complex topic. In her easily accessible style, Margreet de Heer visualizes the history of Western philosophy and makes it approachable for those with little knowledge of the subject. The book explains the thoughts of philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, and Nietzsche, and ponders questions such as What is thinking? What is reality? Is there free will? and Why are these ideas still important? A perfect ...

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Overview

This illustrated primer on philosophy is a great way to be introduced to a complex topic. In her easily accessible style, Margreet de Heer visualizes the history of Western philosophy and makes it approachable for those with little knowledge of the subject. The book explains the thoughts of philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, and Nietzsche, and ponders questions such as What is thinking? What is reality? Is there free will? and Why are these ideas still important? A perfect introduction to exploring philosophical concepts, this humorous yet substantive graphic account strips the subject of unnecessary complexity.

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"Colorful, clever, this is an accessible and fun primer on a topic that too often is considered to be musty and shrouded in academic argot." —School Library Journal (August 2012)

"The characters and arguments of philosophy come brilliantly to life through a series of quirky, memorable conversations." —Teacher Librarian (December 2012)

"I got an overview of philosophy with difficult concepts explained in a variety of ways. I got an introduction to the basics that left me with a desire to learn more." —www.unshelved.com

"This shrewd, engaging graphic primer is very ingratiating." —Booklist (December 2012)

Library Journal
Philosophy is thinking about thinking. That's where de Heer begins in this charming, personal work, which features her and her husband, Yiri, as guides. What is thinking, anyway? How do we know we know? Who are we? Well-known Western cogitators like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle have considered these questions, as have the medieval Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, followed by Erasmus, Descartes, and Spinoza, de Heer's fellow Hollander. For modern philosophy, however, she pulls back into the personal realm by letting friends and relatives speak about their own philosophies and who inspires them, from Nietzsche to George Carlin. She draws philosophy out of the abstract, academic ether and connects it to real people and their lives. VERDICT Avoiding a systematic, scholarly overview, de Heer makes philosophical questions lively, quirky, and enduring through her informal approach and lighthearted color drawings. Her appealing introduction will engage those curious about this "philosophy stuff," teens and up. For younger readers, a teacher or parent can provide further information. See also Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey's Action Philosophers! (LJ 1/07).—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561636983
  • Publisher: N B M Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Discovery in Comics Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 578,017
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Margreet de Heer is a comic artist who collaborated on the online “Comiclopedia” on www.lambiek.net. Her work has been published in a wide range of Dutch newspapers and magazines. She is also the author of a comic book about religion in her native Dutch.
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