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Philosophy for Polar Explorers: What They Don't Teach You in School [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Erling Kagge , Kenneth Steven (translator)
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30 April 2005
What s better? A bird in your hand or two in the bush? Jump the fence at the lowest or highest point? And what does that have to do with Harry Potter, Tenzing Norgay, Paris Hilton and Aristotle? Are you and Tony Soprano searching for the same things as Socrates did? And what does a Swedish punk rock band have in common with the philosopher Spinoza? It s about dreams, ups and downs and motivation. Mainly, it s not only about becoming someone, but how important it is just to be on your way. And don t forget that everyone can surprise him or herself, and do something unique and special in their lives. It might not be as difficult as you think.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press; illustrated edition edition (30 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901285693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901285697
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.2 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 840,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erling Kagge draws on his experience from his expeditions, the art world, the publishing industry, and family life. Uses references from popular culture, the history of philosophy, surfing, famous adventures and the world of contemporary art.

About the Author

ERLING KAGGE, born in 1963, is one of the world s most accomplished living explorers. He was the first in history to achieve the hat trick of the North Pole, the South Pole and the summit of Mount Everest. He has sailed across the Atlantic, around Cape Horn, to the Antarctic and to the Galápagos Islands. Kagge is also a major collector of Russian icons and contemporary art. He spent nineteen years at school and in university, but this book is not about what he learned at school. Philosophy for Polar Explorers is a bestseller in Norway. Erling Kagge draws on experience from his own expeditions, the art world, the publishing industry, and family life. He uses references from popular culture, the history of philosophy, surfing, famous adventures and the world of contemporary art.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 20 Dec 2008
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A great read, and a very different one. Sprinkled with the explorers thoughts not just about polar exploration but also about some of the people and events that inspire him - from skateboarders to Barbie dolls!

Includes many great photos and inspiring quotes , its one of those coffee table / pick it up at any point/ books that both young and old will enjoy. A great, unusual read for the genre, but a very enjoyable one.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Life Handbook 2 Dec 2008
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This is one of those rare books that gives depth of meaning and a wider range of applicability with age. The more you read it, the more you will learn about yourself.

I would put this book on par with Paul Arden's first two books as well as Jack Foster's book How to Get Ideas. While one could argue the individual merits of any of these books against the others, they all have extremely valuable things to say on a very personal and practical level.

How anyone could give this book only one star is beyond me. It is infinitely more useful than its price would suggest, and if any negative reviewer bothered to apply the lessons in this book instead of just ponder them, they would realize this as well.
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