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The Bluffer's Guide to Philosophy (Bluffer's Guides) [Paperback]

Jim Hankinson
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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Oval Books (20 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906042012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906042011
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 11.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 738,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Bluffer's Guide to Philosophy: No-one knows why philosophy started when it did; ambitious bluffers of a Marxist bent could try to account for it in terms of an inexorable dialectic of historical forces, but we wouldn't recommend it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative as well as entertaining 24 Jan 2003
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A cut above most of the books in the Bluffer's Guides series. The cover blurb says "An amazing amount of solid fact disguised as frivolous observation", and this is actually the case. How do I know? I included a quotation from this book in an essay I did for a philosophy course at university and got a good grade. (Admittedly, the fact that I also quoted a lot of serious philosophy books may have had some bearing on the grade. I wouldn't recommend relying only on this book for a serious course!)
The author swiftly deals with common myths about philosophy and gives a quick tour of Western philosophy while making fun of the whole endeavour. It's a bit out of date now, but this only shows in the section titled "The Contemporary Scene". You’ll just have to bluff your way out of your lack of knowledge of the contemporary scene.
If you enjoy this book and want more philosophy but still want it served up in an accessible way, without the logic symbols and associated jargon, you might also enjoy "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amusing and educational 22 Mar 2011
By David
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
made me laugh anyway.

and the author manages to cover the ideas and works of 50 or so philosophers in a book that you can read in an hour or so - also covering the main philosophical schools and their principal differences.

all for a few quid.

what's not to like ?

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