on 13 April 2012
Good little book. The book covers various philosophical questions. It starts off with Socrates and how his asking of questions laid the foundations of things to come. The book touches on lots of subjects such as Doubting things, Seeking evidence, Dealing with death, How language can lead us up blind alleys, What is reality?, Who are we? What is a person?. The book contains the usual list of interesting philosophers: Socrates, Barthes, Sartre, Kant, Descartes, and even a bit of Wittgenstein. A few other Greek philosophers get mentioned. But no Nietzsche or Schopenhauer. Very good book for the price and easy to read as well.
on 22 October 2013
I am no nerd but it's been a while since I tried to understand how philosophy can help me in real life. I must say that the 'everyday' life that this book aims to, it isn't my own idea of everyday life. To me, 'everyday life' means one thing: solving problems. A lot of the dilemmas presented in the book, are pretty pointless and I would not waste my time overthinking them. They seem dilemmas suitable to people with nothing better or more urgent to do.
However, the book is well written, and makes for a good, fast introduction to the more useful sides of philosophy.
on 1 February 2014
So that's what philosophy is all about! This is a great book to set you thinking . . . and re-thinking. The strange thing about philosophy is that, as you read, you don't seem to learn anything NEW - you think you've heard it all before, but it takes someone like Trevor Whatsisname to put it into sharp focus. The theme that runs through this book is simply that it's always worth re-examining what you think you think! You already know your own stance on all sorts of issues. This book asks, in effect, 'Why do you think that? Could you perhaps be wrong?'
on 10 May 2014
I got this book on a whim, and once I started reading it I found myself enjoying the topic. Given that I'm not all that educated, this book has given me an insight into the subjects that my school friends went off to study at uni whilst I went out into the world of work. The author does a very good job at explaining without labouring any points, and the chapters are often short enough to read one before bedtime each night.