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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Evil Twin Comics (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977832902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977832903
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Not so much in the spirit of Classic Comics, but more in the spirit of extremely intelligent kids set on making fun of everything, this collection of Action Philosophers! issues 1–3 is a zany sendup of philosophers, with the occasional mystic thrown in. Van Lente has clearly done his research, and Dunlavey draws it in a blocky, 1950s meets punk-rock style. Starting with Plato, they illuminate the theories, problems and implications of 12 thinkers. Ayn Rand fails as a screen writer in Hollywood, creates objectivism then flits between reason and temper tantrums (did you know Alan Greenspan was a follower?). Freud and Jung duke it out while a Freudian "passive mother" presents her penis-envying daughter with a dildo. Thomas Jefferson sleeps with Sally Hemings in the "All-Sex Special" section, which also features Saint Augustine. (Auggie ogles a hot Roman babe and declares, "Give me chastity and continence... just not now!") The twist is that, while demonstrating that the lives of philosophers make great tabloid fodder, the comics get the theories right. Totally irreverent and manically imaginative, it's perfect for any bright college kid who likes being a pain in the neck. (June)
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Action Philosophers provides a hip, easily digestible summary of weighty material. -- Philosophy Now

Clever comments fly fast and furious… The art is friendly and fun… -- Comics Buyer's Guide

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The stories are accurate,informative and funny.
Claudia Bigelow
This book collects the first three issues of "Action Philosophers!" comics.
J. McLean Sloughter
For anyone who knows the history of philosophy and likes to laugh.
M. Gregory Oakes

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Beers on July 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have never been a comic fan, however I work with two die hard comic guys and they came to me all jittery and excited telling me I had to see this comic book about philosophers. You see, I've studied philosophy for 10 years, edging closer and to the elusive BA. I am a natural skeptic but I caved in and looked. I laughed out loud at least four times merely leafing through the pages. When I had time to sit down and actually read through the "big red thing" I was very impressed at the blending of humor and accuracy. The spin put on these brilliant thinkers offers true laughter while remaining very accurate to the spirit of their ideas. I had to bring the book to my philosophy professors to test them out and to my pleasure they found it as funny and accurate as I! Nothing like a little brown nosing through comics! I am very impressed with this book and I will purchase every issue of the comic from now on! well done=)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Gregory Oakes on July 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is hysterically funny. For anyone who knows the history of philosophy and likes to laugh. Philosophically accurate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. McLean Sloughter on June 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book collects the first three issues of "Action Philosophers!" comics. All three issues are individually sold out, so this is an excellent opportunity to collect them if you missed out on any of the earlier works.

This comic was not what I expected - I saw the title, and thought that we'd get some rather goofy philosopher-inspired superheroes. Instead, we get true stories of the lives and teachings of various philosphers, but told in a very fresh style. There's a wit and energy to these stories that makes reading about something like objectivism or psychoanalysis far more fun that it really ought to be.
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By Jill S. on April 10, 2012
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I have all three volumes of this series, and they are definitely aimed at a youth market with a certain, shall we say, colorfulness of language that as a mature adult I found bordering on excessive. However, once past that in today's brave new world, this series is valuable for a thumbnail picture of names you've heard often but don't want to read a whole book to find out what Sartre or Spinoza et al were really up to. Also good, but a little more academic, is the series by Paul Strathern "Philosophers in 90 minutes" (a fast reader only needs 45 to 60 minutes).
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