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Digestible philosophy bites - super dip-in-and-out book!,
This review is from: The Philosophy Book (Hardcover)
If you're a newbie to Philosophy, it's sometimes overwhelming to decide simply where to start. DK have a knack of publishing friendly, bold, draw-you-in guides, and the Philosophy Book is a brilliant dip-in-and-out book in the same vein. It allows the curious (but overwhelmed) reader to wander through the field without the stress of starting out blind. With all the big thinkers given at least a page summary (more in the case of the 'celebs' of the subject!), there's enough information to feel both a bit more informed, and enthused to further research if anything grabs you in particular.
Each thinker is boiled down to a soundbite, heading that section (a selection of these on the eye-catching and effective binding of the book). As much as soundbites don't quite capture everything a philosopher stood for, it's nonetheless an easy way in to some of the major theories. With additional information on the broad schools of thought, the book is well-rounded and perfect as a road map to Philosophy - whether you're new to the subject, or know a little and want to reignite your interest. A great addition to the DK range (and the others in this series - Economics, Politics and Psychology - look just as promising).