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To the complete novice, learning about philosophy can be a cause for dread. The Philosophy Book uses innovative graphics and creative typography to help demystify hard-to-grasp concepts for those new to philosophy, cutting through the haze of misunderstanding, untangling knotty theories, and shedding light on abstract concepts. Aimed at anyone with a general interest in how our social, political, and ethical ideas are formed, as well as students of philosophy and politics, The Philosophy Book breathes new life to...

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Overview

To the complete novice, learning about philosophy can be a cause for dread. The Philosophy Book uses innovative graphics and creative typography to help demystify hard-to-grasp concepts for those new to philosophy, cutting through the haze of misunderstanding, untangling knotty theories, and shedding light on abstract concepts. Aimed at anyone with a general interest in how our social, political, and ethical ideas are formed, as well as students of philosophy and politics, The Philosophy Book breathes new life to a subject that is often regarded as esoteric and academic.

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"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." – Examiner.com

"This graphically lively presentation, which also features color reproductions, colorfully framed pull quotes, photos, and a variety of fonts, offers students an overview of the ideas and concepts generated by people who have spent their lives "wondering about the world." – School Library Journal

"In The Philosophy Book, the ideas and thoughts of more than one hundred of the most influential philosophers from the ancient world through today are presented in a succinct, yet highly readable, format. From all corners of the world and from different traditions and approaches to philosophy and the art of reasoning, the contributors to this excellent book highlight the impact of each philosopher on his society and how it affected the development of subsequent ideas. Students of philosophy or those interested in human thought will thoroughly enjoy this book. This volume is an excellent addition to a general philosophy collection." – Voice of Youth Advocate/VOYA Magazine

From the Publisher

"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." – Examiner.com

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—What is the nature of the world? How should I live? Is language really logical? In this accessible guide to the great thinkers, contributors offer the (thoroughly boiled down) perspectives of 107 philosophers on such questions. An introduction defines the discipline, explains its branches, and argues for its continuing relevance. Half of the book covers pre-Kantian philosophy, including the ideas of Averroes, Confucius, Maimonides, and Rumi (but no Indians after Siddhartha). Ahad Ha'am, Hajime Tanabe, and Tetsuro Watsuji are among the moderns, and of contemporary thinkers, Julia Kristeva, Henry Odera Oruka, Peter Singer and Slavoj Žižek have the last word; a useful directory of minor philosophers follows. Each of six historical periods outlined has a separate introduction and a time line. The sidebars add context and biographical details of the selected philosophers, who earn one to six pages of coverage. Language is generally non-specialized; the neat visual tag accompanying each thinker provides a useful, necessarily simplified, mnemonic. This graphically lively presentation, which also features color reproductions, colorfully framed pull quotes, photos, and a variety of fonts, offers students an overview of the ideas and concepts generated by people who have spent their lives "wondering about the world."—Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756668617
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/17/2011
  • Series: Big Ideas Simply Explained Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 73,031
  • Product dimensions: 8.14 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    This was a gift for my granddaughters 16th birthday. Upon opening, she was very excited! It is a favorite book that she is reading every night and really enjoys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Very nice overview

    Great book as a reference and overview of major Philosophers. Well laid out and a pleasure to flip through the pages. Highly recommend for someone looking for a quick survey. Bought for my daughter to supplement a text book for a High School class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Liberal Arts College Student Adores This

    I am in a political theory course and I often look up theologians. This book has catalyzed my interest in philosophy significantly.

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