Author: Kevin Perry
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Zephyros Press; Gld edition (August 14, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
Philosophy is to question everything. More than a lifestyle, larger than any single idea, broader than a conviction, philosophy is the love of exploration, of knowledge, of uncertainty, and of that cornerstone of free thinking: doubt. Kevin Perry's "Philosophy" takes the reader on a grand tour of life's biggest questions, examining all that the world's greatest philosophers have said about life and death, love and loss, language, art and God, to name a few.
Philosophy is a great companion and a roadmap to navigate life's major milestones, including: How to make sense of death What loving someone or something means The effect of art on our lives What role language plays in understanding the world How do our ideas affect our actions
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2.1 By Lauren on September 15, 2015
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Kevin Perry has produced an excellent reference book on the personalities that we associate with the subject of philosophy. The book has an easy to understand format that encourages you to become familiar on a basic level with notable philosophers grouped by area of influence – Life, Death, Art, Knowledge, Time, Language, Love, God, Self, and Free Will – and then offers bios on the most commonly known philosophers.
I love that Mr. Perry included some of the more colorful philosophers. I was tickled that he gave a nod to Diogenes The Cynic and offered a synopsis that was free of judgement without being dry. I appreciated that the author presented each philosopher in an overview that encourages the reader to want to explore the key works that are listed at the end of each philosopher’s section. I enjoyed the chapter introductions that were thoughtfully written, as well as the informational time lines in each chapter.
I think that this book is a dynamite tease – small tantalizing bios that give an excellent overview but that stop short of really letting you sink your teeth into understanding the context of each philosopher. On the up side of that, you don’t have a chance to get bored with any one philosopher, or philosophical subject area, as you’re reading the book.
My favorite quote from the whole book was found in the first paragraph of the foreword – “Philosophy is the education of grownups”. This book is the perfect first step toward starting that education and will have you bookmarking pages to go back to, and will have you really hungering to want to explore, in depth, many of these remarkable people.
I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review: I love the easy format, the excellent chapter introductions, and the fact that far from being bored with the subject, I found that I could not wait to read more about several of the philosophers that were featured.
2.2 By Melissa H. on October 11, 2015
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Philosophy. What a great, entertaining and informative book to read. I have enjoyed reading it and will continue to utilize it as a reference.
This book will cover: Life, Man/Self, Knowledge, Language, Art, Time, Free Will, Love, God, Death. Various Famous Philosophers and Gods and individuals are referenced in this book: Aristotle, Diogenes the Cynic, Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Friedrich Nietzche (my personal favorite), Hannah Arendt, Descartes, Charles Taylor, Thomas Hobbes, Nick Bostrom, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simon De Beauvoir, Michel Foucault, plus hundreds of great and useful information.
I've always leaned towards Existentialism and that was my favorite topic to read about while reading this book. I am intrigued and continuing to learn while I read this book. I enjoy that there is random trivia questions throughout the book, as they do help to keep you entertained as you are reading and learning about tons of different methods of Philosophy. This is a great book and would be great as a gift to those who are interested in the same topics that you are, I'm telling you this is such a great and educational book. I highly recommend it a hundred times over.
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