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Philosophizer by [Klempner, Geoffrey]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Geoffrey Klempner; 1 edition (24 July 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01J0L19KE
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #758,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Here is philosophy with a difference. At the heart of Klempner’s amazing book is the problem of problems: What is it to be? Parmenides some twenty-six centuries ago summed up all we can say about Reality in the little word esti, it is. Klempner formulates the problem in the quaintly sounding “What is is?” Here then we have the gist of all metaphysics. But rather than a cold, parched sequence of deductive arguments we find ourselves regaled with live, throbbing confrontations with the puzzles of being in contemplations, thought experiments, and reminiscences. I pick up a few of the chapter headings to indicate how variegated the approach is, how rich the fare. “I exist therefore what?”, “The dark side of life”, “Return of the evil demon”, “Photography as metaphysics” (which I particularly found inspiring), “Herr Doktor Faust”, etc., etc. The reader is not faced with finished doctrines or theories but is constantly challenged to wonder and to puzzle, which is the best a philosophy book can do.
D. R. Khashaba
Independent philosopher
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Get ready for a wild ride! From start to finish it was very interesting. I only realized that by the end of reading it, it really was a trip into Klempner's views (and mental wrestling matches) on metaphysics -- but guided by his own personal memories, thoughts and experiences, with some thoughts on art, religion and the likes along the way. Short but profound breaks into historic backdrops (as it pertains to the history of philosophy and its many children) in between such a trip were refreshing and informative. From Socrates, to Plato to Descarte and beyond -- all entangled within this journey.

I think that's how I can honestly best describe it, it was a journey for me. At times I was a bit lost in it all, like the example of the Maze that is given in the book, I was in my own maze throughout parts, trying to gather, "what does he mean by this?" or "why did he write this?". But at the end of it, all I thought was, "what a captivating read that was". Highly recommended!
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Brilliant, quirky, surreal, thought provoking. An unusual but satisfying literary treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Dimension for Philosophizing 31 July 2016
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This writing represents an entirely new way of presenting the perennial ‘questions’ of philosophy. It might be compared to James Joyce’s impact on literature with the publication of "Ulysses," Jack Kerouac with "On The Road," or even Plato’s use of dialogues to express his ideas. The work is presented as a stream of consciousness stemming from Klempner’s interior self searching for ‘reality’ (truth, meaning). As he himself proclaims, he “is singing his heart out.” Given the author’s vast erudition in philosophy, his experiences as a teacher and editor, and his participation in a diverse range of arts such as photography, music, and more, the end result of his writing is quite remarkable. No one who is familiar with Geoffrey Klempner’s past career would have expected him to produce such a barrier-breaking work. Moreover, the style is consistent and larded with restrained humor; he handles the most abstruse philosophical topics in a manner accessible to general readers. However, it needs to be read slowly in order to intelligently absorb the contents. A familiarity with the icons of western philosophy is helpful. "Philosophizer" illustrates a principle I have maintained for years, that philosophy is an art form where the ideas are the art. Klempner shows himself with this book to be a master of the philosophic form of literary art.
For traditional readers, the book ought to be available in hard copy as well as in Kindle format.
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