50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing:... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $19.95
  • Save: $4.15 (21%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 11 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
50 Philosophy Classics: T... has been added to your Cart
Condition: :
Comment: Minimal shelf-wear. Fast Amazon shipping plus a hassle free return policy mean your satisfaction is guaranteed!
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from Fifty Key Books (50 Classics) Paperback – April 1, 2013


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$15.80
$11.95 $9.90

Best Books of the Year
See the Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
$15.80 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 11 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Frequently Bought Together

50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from Fifty Key Books (50 Classics) + 50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom From 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose + 50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do: Insight and Inspiration from 50 Key Books
Price for all three: $45.58

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: 50 Classics
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857885961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857885965
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"This book explains and discusses briefly, but with remarkable lucidity, some of the ideas of fifty philosophical thinkers from ancient times to the present-day. Complex views on a whole range of important and enduring issues are made accessible to the general reader...The book is enjoyable and instructive." - C.L. Ten, Professor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore

"50 Philosophy Classics is an impressively wide-ranging compendium of nutshell clarity. It strikes just the right balance between accurate explication, insightful contextual analysis, and breezy illustrative anecdote." - Dr. Phil Oliver, Department of Philosophy, Middle Tennessee State University

About the Author

TOM BUTLER-BOWDON is the author of the bestselling and award-winning 50 CLASSICS series whose titles have been translated into 23 languages. A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney, he lives in Oxford where he writes full time.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
13
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 15 customer reviews
I rarely ever read books twice, but this will be one of them.
clearady
It is also the most ambitious in that the authors and works discussed are, in my opinion, among the most challenging as well as the most rewarding in print.
Robert Morris
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.
roxanneOSB

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
This is the sixth and most recent volume in the "50 Classics" series edited by Tom Butler-Bowdon and published by Nicholas Brealey. It is also the most ambitious in that the authors and works discussed are, in my opinion, among the most challenging as well as the most rewarding in print. In terms of their timeline, the "classics" range from Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics in 4th century BC to Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow and Julian Baggini's The Ego Trick in 2011.

The 50 are organized in alpha order of their authors' names but can also be viewed as "classics" in one or more of four separate but related fields: Thinking (analysis, cognition, the limits of what can be known, the sense of self); Being (opportunities and choices for happiness and a life of meaning and purpose, free will, and autonomy); Acting (power and its uses, liberty and justice, fairness, ethics, morality), and Seeing (Plato's cave and perception/reality, linguistic challeges, quality of life in a media world). Butler-Bowdon devotes a separate chapter to each of the 50 and employs a common format: representative quotation(s), "In a nutshell" representative insight, "In a similar vein" authors and works, and a four-page introduction to the author and work.

As I began to work my way through the sequence of commentaries, I was again reminded of an incident years ago at Princeton University when one of Albert Einstein's faculty colleagues pointed out to him that he asked the same questions every year on his final examination. "Quite true. Each year the answers are different." Consider the enduring questions to which thoughtful persons have responded throughout several millennia. "Who am I?" for example, and "What is wisdom?
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By truthtrumpspc on August 15, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Someone could easily find more information throughout the internet compared to the short summary pages given for the 50 philosophers' books. This philosophy volume is a replication to Mr. Butler-Bowden's other books on psychology and personal growth. Not only the cover, but the format throughout. It's as if the book was written to fit a form rather than a natural flow of information. I've read the psychology volume and will say it was more clear and coherent than this one. I think it's because the 50 psychologists' books typically deal with a singular concept whereas the philosophers' books are multi-conceptual and the author crams too many ideas together in the mini-space form he uses.

If you do read the book, especially cover to cover, I'd suggest to read the introduction after reading the chapters. The introduction ties together the common threads of the philosophers. Instead of the silly alphabetical order of philosophers by name he might have taken the lead of his introduction which interestingly organized a format according to the three common aspects of the human condition: thinking, feeling (he translates this into being?), and acting. The philosophers could be grouped into these three main sections according to the main content of their book. Furthermore, for example, aspects of "acting" include power, liberty, fairness, and ethics so that a sub-division could be used to further transition the common threads of philosophers for comparative purpose. Certain philosopher's books might not fit this suggested format, but I would offer that this is because he adds minor players to the book to fit the 50 form?

Critical evaluation is practically absent for each entry.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mick Wall on February 21, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Fantastic Book! It includes:
02 Hannah Arendt- The Human Condition
03 Aristotle- Nicomachean Ethics
04 A.J. Ayer- The Language of Truth
05 Julian Baggini- The Ego Trick
06 Jean Baudrillard- Simularcra & Simulation
07 Simone de Beauvoir- The Second Sex
08 Jeremy Bentham- Principals of Morals & Legislation
09 Henri Bergson- Creative Evolution
10 David Bohm- Wholeness and the Implicate Order
11 Noam Chomsky- Understanding Power
12 Cicero- On Duties
13 Confucius Analects
14 Rene Descartes- Meditations on First Philosophy
15 Ralph Waldo Emmerson- Fate
16 Epicurus- Letters
17 Michel Foucault- The Order of Things
18 Harry Frankfurt- On Bulls***
19 Sam Harris- Free Will
20 G.W.F.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from Fifty Key Books (50 Classics)
This item: 50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from Fifty Key Books (50 Classics)
Price: $19.95 $15.80
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com