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The Hedgehog And The Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History
The Hedgehog And The Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History
by Isaiah Berlin
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning - large parts in French, 10 Jan. 2012
At risk of sounding like an uneducated simpleton - I must take issue with the fact that large parts of this book are not in English. As this is essentially an academic literary crique of the thought and themes of Tolstoy, Berlin quotes extensively from 'War and Peace' to give exegesis of the passages. Unortunately these passages are in French and do not have a footnote or notes at the back with the translations in English. At times this leaves you piecing together the commentary and only really having a semi-understanding of what is being discussed. Unless you have knowledge of French reading this book will be slightly problematic, however it is not so great to render the book worthless but should be taken into account before one buys.


How to Read Wittgenstein
How to Read Wittgenstein
by Ray Monk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only OK..., 6 Jan. 2012
This introductory guide is only okay. It provides a sufficicent introduction to his early philosopgy, but I found it lacking for his latter. I have a particularly hard time understanding the 'private language argument' that Wittgenstein presents. Therefore turning to this guide I hoped for a clear and understandable elucidation of it. Unfortunately Ray Monk simply prints off Wittgensteins own formulation of it and then gives a sort of biographical sketch of why Wittgenstein came up with this argument and not distill what Wittgenstein is saying to the layman. This is of no use! If I could understand Wittgenstein's argument I wouldn't have bought this book in the first place.
So in this respect the book does not serve it's purpose of telling me 'How to read Wittgenstein'. His thought still eludes me.
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A Short History of Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Wittgenstein (Routledge Classics)
A Short History of Modern Philosophy: From Descartes to Wittgenstein (Routledge Classics)
by Roger Scruton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.22

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for beginners, 22 Jun. 2011
After struggling about half way through this book I am about to throw it in the bin. Anyone interested in a beginners first entry look at philosophy should NOT buy this book. Despite being labeled for beginners it is at times almost impenetrably complex to the layman, with cursory explanations of difficult philosophical terms, very high in technical jargon, very little examples and no explaining what any of the technical jargon means. It leads one to being frustrated and feeling like an idiot. If this book was indeed earnestly written for people with no prior knowledge of philosophy then it misses the mark completely - and would be far more suited to people already trained in philosophy to nod their heads and say "ah yes, Scruton has really summed up what I already know quite well" or currently used as an accommanying work to help you with a university level philosophy degree.


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