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50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from Fifty Key Books Audio Download – Unabridged

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I want to say at the outset that I am a fan of Tom's five other books so I was prepared to like this one. And I did. I wanted to get through the reading so I could post a review - and I found the reading so intriguing that I couldn't just plow through it. I took 24 pages of notes and have a list of books I want to read and re-read. If you are like me you will find some of the philosophies more to your liking than others and then somewhere in the latter half of the book you start wondering about your own likes and dislikes and what they are based on and if it is possible to come to an objective conclusion - and the author has got you thinking and looking at philosophy in a more thoughtful way. Back to the theme of truth in advertising. The book does give you a layman's appreciation of each philosopher and not the overly academic presentation that I found off-putting and difficult to read in other sources. The presentations are also in a style that allows you to try out the "personal rule of life" aspect of philosophy. I liked the way each chapter was laid out in the same way. I got dependent on that to the point that when the life details did not come at the end in the chapters on Heraclitus and Plato I noticed it. There are many gems in here; some that I was familiar with and others that were brand new to me. I don't often take 24 pages of notes on a 311 page book I am reading for pleasure.Try it, you'll like it.
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I have been a fan of Mr. Butler-Bowdon since 50 Self-Help Classics. I chose this, his latest, in order to plug a hole in my education, and it was a wise decision. This book is highly recommended for those conducting initial research into the subject of philosophy, or as an easy and enjoyable way to obtain a great understanding of the thought that has influenced our society.

A brief comment about the edition itself:

· the same clear and faultless format as previously in the series

· the Introduction provides all the "whys" necessary: authors and philosophical strands chosen...

· the Glossary is complete, but succinct

· the Credits supply the vital publishing details of each book featured

· the selection of the 50 More Philosophy Classics is a work in solid brevity!

I love that the pith of the selected work forms the first page of each philosopher's chapter, followed by Tom's "In a nutshell" summary. Helpfully one is provided with works "In a similar vein" so that ones interest may be easily fed elsewhere. From that point Tom provides the direct in-road to the result of his copious research. Interest is kept with expert dissection and his extraordinary grasp of (seemingly!) any subject matter. But more than this Tom comments on how other historical philosophers may have viewed the author in hand so ones comprehension is even more enhanced. I followed his suggestion to read it cover-to-cover, but I personally gained by reading the author's details first (rather than last) within each chapter. It takes an evolved consciousness to insightfully comment upon and condense the biggest thinkers, and in Tom B-B you have that. Enjoy it you will.
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We only improve our lives through the books we read and the people we meet. And being an avid Tom Butler-Bowdon fan I can honestly say no other author has influenced or shaped my thoughts more. Being a constant reader of his previous five Classics, I knew I would not be disappointed with Philosophy Classics.

And though it may require a bit more concentration than say the Prosperity Classics, it is still a must read and takes you into the minds of many philosophers you would not often come accross.

For instance this gem by Marshall McLuhan, written in in 1967...
''Electrical information devices for universal, tyrannical womb-to-tomb surveillance are causing a very serious dilemma between our claim to privacy and the community's need to know. The older, traditional ideas of private, isolated thoughts and actions ... are very seriously threatened by new methods of instantaneous electric information retrieval.''

Yes I did say 1967!
The first thing I saw this morning on my MSN homepage was the levels of dissatisfaction and unhappiness from constant use of Facebook. Maybe our 'Global Village' needs more time spent reading the 50 Classics series.. just a thought!
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Another great book from Tom Butler-Bowdon; this book is a very rewarding read, a great subject that the reader can really get into as it tackles the big questions of life leading to ideas and concepts to get the best out of the human experience. As always Tom guides the reader though each book with great skill, opening up each book and letting its ideas shine.
As with all of Tom's 50 classics books, it is clear to see momentum building and really picking up speed in this new millennium. What I mean by that is - for centuries a few old ideas remain constant and although they endure until the present, they are increasingly complemented by new ideas and a better understanding of the subject and this shines through the multitude of latter day books. For those that seek knowledge there has never been a better time to be alive and all of Tom's 50 classics titles point the way to many of the best books ever written. There is no better place to start your search for knowledge of Self-Help, Personal Development, Spirituality, Psychology Prosperity, and Philosophy than Tom Butler-Bowdon's 50 classic series.
Tony Brassington - Mind and Achievement.
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