Philosophy 101: From Plato and Socrates to Ethics and Metaphysics, an Essential Primer on the History of Thought (Adams 101)


Author: Paul Kleinman

Price: $10.09 (Hardcover )

Series: Adams 101

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Adams Media (October 18, 2013)

Language: English

Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.1 inches

1. Introduction

Discover the world's greatest thinkers and their groundbreaking notions!

Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy theories, principles, and figures of philosophy into tedious discourse that even Plato would reject. Philosophy 101 cuts out the boring details and exhausting philosophical methodology, and instead, gives you a lesson in philosophy that keeps you engaged as you explore the fascinating history of human thought and inquisition.

From Aristotle and Heidegger to free will and metaphysics, Philosophy 101 is packed with hundreds of entertaining philosophical tidbits, illustrations, and thought puzzles that you won't be able to find anywhere else.

So whether you're looking to unravel the mysteries of existentialism, or just want to find out what made Voltaire tick, Philosophy 101 has all the answers--even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.

About the Author

Paul Kleinman grew up in White Plains, New York, and currently resides in New York City. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2009 with degrees in art and communication arts: radio, television, and film. His previous work includes Freudian theory published by McSweeney's, The Bullsh*t Artist, A Ton of Crap, and Psych 101.

2. Comment

2.1 By Amazon Customer on March 18, 2015

Soooooo, I'm not an academic. Somehow I managed to get three college degrees without ever taking a Philosophy course because, well, frankly, I just wasn't interested. Fast forward 20 years -- why is this now my FAVORITE book? After 8 years of college and 5 years in public policy, reading for pleasure was all but a distant memory. Learning the principles and concepts in this book -- in bite sized pieces that's not overwhelming -- is just what I needed to get my intellectual curiosity stimulated again. Once I get through the entire book, I'll probably read a couple of more detailed books on subjects that I found the most interesting.

Plato's Cave? Tripartite beings? Yep, I'm all about it.

2.2 By MTF on February 11, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

This book gives a great introduction to the basic problems of philosophy and the people who have provided solutions. The strength of this book lies in its succinct exposition. Each chapter is no more than a few pages. This helps to keep the reader engaged with the material. Minutiae is avoided, and only the essential information is presented on each person or topic. I was so pleased with this book that I bought and am currently reading Kleinman's Psychology 101.

3. Buying link:

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