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Truth about Everything: An Irreverent History of Philosophy with Illustrations
     

Truth about Everything: An Irreverent History of Philosophy with Illustrations

by Matthew Stewart
 

Throughout history, well-known theories of reality, knowledge, mind, and most particularly the "professional" philosophers who rely on them for their intellectual existence, have sought to isolate universal truths and structure the history of philosophy to distinguish schools and movements that seek a comprehensive understanding of our world. But in this

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Throughout history, well-known theories of reality, knowledge, mind, and most particularly the "professional" philosophers who rely on them for their intellectual existence, have sought to isolate universal truths and structure the history of philosophy to distinguish schools and movements that seek a comprehensive understanding of our world. But in this well-intended pursuit of truth, have we lost sight of what philosophy is? Matthew Stewart believes we have.
His rowdy guided tour of the search for truth romps through traditional histories of philosophy using parables, imaginary dialogues, and illustrations to demonstrate that knowing theories, recognizing revered schools, and distinguishing the views of the great philosophers isn't what philosophy should be about. Once removed from the clutches of historicism, the compulsion for universal answers, and the perception that reason is a peculiarly Western possession, the nature of philosophy can be seen as a genuine human disposition to love and respect knowledge coupled with a desire for critical thinking.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A deliciously iconoclastic and often funny historical survey of Western philosophy. . . . This irreverent tour will goad armchair philosophers to independent thought."
Publishers Weekly
"Anyone thinking of a major in philosophy would do well to read this . . ."
Philadelphia City Paper
"His acid humor and frank discussions are a welcome comic interlude for the serious student of philosophy." - Philosophy and Religion Expert Editor's Recommended Book, Amazon.com
". . . delightful irreverence . . . brilliant ending." - New Humanity

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591023869
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Pages:
482
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Stewart (New York, NY) holds a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University and is a founding partner of the Mitchell Madison Group, a management consulting firm.

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