Do Llamas Fall in Love?: 33 Perplexing Philosophy Puzzles Paperback – 1 Sep 2010
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"another romp through the best bits of philosophical thought." (The Bookseller)
"Now we can all be philosophers. Engaging and mentally stimulating." (New Scientist)
"Britain's wittiest philosopher." (Raymond Tallis)
"Highly entertaining and thought-provoking. Peter Cave is always worth reading!" (Stephen Law - Author of The Philosophy Gym and editor of Think)
"Every point is made with a quip, but behind the badinage lies a wealth of learning and a talent for making things clear." (David Papineau - Professor of Philosophy of Science, King's College, London)
"Fun, incisive, and a sheer pleasure to read – this is amazingly rare for a book on philosophy!The whole book has the `touch of the master' about it." (Imre Leader - Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge)
"A first-class package of puzzles, stamped with humor and handled with flair." (Laurence Goldstein - Professor of Philosophy, University of Kent)
"If llamas can fall in love with philosophy, this witty, clear, entertaining and learned little book is the just the thing to make them." (Timothy Chappell - Professor of Philosophy, The Open University)
"Delightfully witty! Spanning the gamut of philosophical topics, this book serves as brilliant introduction to philosophy." (William Irwin - Professor of Philosophy, King's College Pennsylvania and Editor of The Blackwell)
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3 October 2010
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Ever found yourself wondering why philosophers are so scared of the full stop key? Ever wanted a few good stories to make sense of all those necessary conditions, instrumental values and moral statuses? Well look no further philosophy phans. (I'll stop now!) Mr Cave's latest is a great read. Short clause-less sentences, wonderfully memorable examples and as funny as it is thought provoking. Just buy it.
14 February 2011
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I enjoyed many of the thought processes as arguments were developed, and some of the conclusions were really interesting and worth passing on. I enjoy good debate and logical deduction, but found some puzzles a bit esoteric. I found myself slightly frustrated on occasion because I disagreed with the author's reasoning or premises, but perhaps a bit of provocation was the intent. The book is not just the succession of fascinating trivia with a 'wow' factor that I expected, and to that extent I was slightly disappointed. Only myself to blame, really.....
4 October 2010
I've bought Peter Cave's previous '33 philosophy puzzle' books and this is just as good. Entertaining, witty, intelligent, accessible and thought provoking - with many a pun thrown into the mix for good measure. Mr Cave is fast doing for philosophy what Messers Dawkins/Cox et al are doing for science. Hugely reccommended.
4 April 2011
The cover cartoon always cracks me up. But the book is quite good too. I have to own up. Peter was my Open University tutor. I was reluctant to read this book because i thought it better to spend my time on weightier matter, works of historical importance in the scheme of European philosophy. When I finally turned to this book, i realised that Peter has a talent. He is an imaginative, whimsical storyteller, an entertainer. What i like about the 'puzzles' is that each is like say a tale from Joyce's 'Dubliners'. It all starts straightforward enough and there are few obvious stunts. Yet you simply cannot predict where the tale will end up. I stress these are less like puzzles than little anecdotes. This seems like a light read and you can race through it, but there are a lot of strings being pulled behind the scenes and a lot of sophisticated philosophical puzzles are smuggled in. Aesop's fables spring to mind. You probably could read these puzzles to your children at bedtime!
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This is a complex book and takes a little time to adjust to the way of thinking. I am going to read the rest of it when I have uninterrupted time later in the year.Read more
Brilliant book which is easy to pick up and read randomly - a chapter or 'puzzle' at a time! Although a thinking person's book, it seems to be written for everyone including the...Read more
Funny, thought provoking and absorbing... a must give Christmas present for all those who ask: What is this philosophy stuff anyway?