The One-Minute Philosopher

The One-Minute Philosopher

by Montague Brown

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Overview

This little book helps you resolve many of the big problems that life poses. In this handy guide, you'll come to understand and learn how to explain - in less than a minute each! - such fundamental notions as:
Why truth is more than just someone's opinion
  • What freedom is and how it differs from license
  • The difference between justice and law, judgment and prejudice, equality and fairness, happiness and pleasure . . .
  • And over 160 other truths that most of us find hard to grasp and even harder to explain.
    Confronting the dilemmas of teenage rebellion? Can't figure out whether what you're feeling is love or lust? Having trouble explaining where virtue ends and hypocrisy begins? Or whether punishment is only revenge by another name? The clear, bite-size explanations found here will solve these problems for you, and many more. In less than the time it takes for an argument to start or for someone you love to turn away, you can learn to make yourself clear and keep the peace: all you've got to do is open The One-Minute Philosopher. Within seconds, your understanding will be greater, your mind sharper, and your explanations clearer.

    With help from The One-Minute Philosopher, you'll be able to make better sense of the world and make better decisions in it. That's why this handbook is perfect for parents, teachers, students, politicians, social activists, and anyone who wants to understand our world better, live a richer life, and lay the foundations for a truly just society.
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781928832553
    Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
    Publication date: 04/01/2001
    Pages: 224
    Product dimensions: 6.01(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.66(d)

    Table of Contents

    Introductionxi
    Topics
    Admiration/Envy2
    Authority/Power4
    Certainty/Inflexibility6
    Character/Personality8
    Chastity/Prudery10
    Choice/Impulse12
    Citizen/Resident14
    Commitment/Fanaticism16
    Community/Group18
    Confidence/Pride20
    Conscience/Feelings22
    Courage/Rashness24
    Creativity/Skillfulness26
    Criticism/Condemnation28
    Dependency/Subjugation30
    Discussion/Argument32
    Error/Fault34
    Evidence/Intuition36
    Excellence/Popularity38
    Fairness/Equality40
    Faith/Gullibility42
    Fidelity/Idolatry44
    Forgiveness/Pardon46
    Frankness/Rudeness48
    Freedom/License50
    Friendship/Fellowship52
    Genius/Eccentricity54
    Goodness/Usefulness56
    Gratitude/Indebtedness58
    Greatness/Fame60
    Happiness/Pleasure62
    Honesty/Naivete64
    Honor/Flattery66
    Hope/Wish68
    Humility/Self-contempt70
    Impartiality/Indifference72
    Importance/Excitement74
    Individualism/Egoism76
    Joy/Exuberance78
    Judgment/Prejudice80
    Justice/Law82
    Knowledge/Information84
    Leader/Trendsetter86
    Love/Lust88
    Maturity/Adulthood90
    Mercy/Laxness92
    Morality/Custom94
    Mystery/Problem96
    Norm/Average98
    Obedience/Servility100
    Open-mindedness/Indiscrimination102
    Pain/Evil104
    Patience/Passivity106
    Patriotism/Nationalism108
    Peace/Truce110
    Politeness/Phoniness112
    Politics/Partisanship114
    Profundity/Obscurity116
    Progress/Change118
    Proof/Persuasion120
    Prosperity/Wealth122
    Prudence/Cowardice124
    Punishment/Revenge126
    Questioning/Skepticism128
    Reality/Matter130
    Reason/Logic132
    Reform/Rebellion134
    Respect/Fear136
    Responsibility/Restriction138
    Reverence/Superstition140
    Right/Want142
    Ruler/Tyrant144
    Self-control/Repression146
    Self-examination/Self-absorption148
    Self-respect/Self-satisfaction150
    Simplicity/Foolishness152
    Sophistication/Snobbishness154
    Stability/Stagnation156
    Statesman/Demagogue158
    Student/Disciple160
    Tenacity/Stubbornness162
    Thinking/Imagining164
    Tolerance/Relativism166
    Tradition/Past168
    Truth/Opinion170
    Virtue/Hypocrisy172
    Wisdom/Cleverness174
    Wonder/Bewilderment176
    For further reading and reflection179
    Biographical note199
    Persons quoted201
    Index205

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