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Looking At Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter Paperback – June 12, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0073407487 ISBN-10: 0073407488 Edition: 5th

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 5 edition (June 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073407488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073407487
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Hackman on June 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
For over twenty years, I have taught an introductory course in philosophy at the high school level. This book has been my main text, supplemented by primary source readings, my own handouts, lecture and discussion. I chose this text because of its wonderful clarity, its distilled quality, which, though at the expense here and there of some detail, provides a sound and engaging place for young students of philosophy to start. I attribute these virtues to Mr. Palmer's having taught the subject himself for so many years to students of an age similar to mine. He is, I suspect, a wonderful teacher, and using his book has helped me to become a better one myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flapjack on July 8, 2012
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This is a perfect introduction to what has been for me an almost opaque topic. I have tried to read some philosophy over the years and found it daunting. I dipped into a few books before and got all tangled up. I missed taking a class on the subject in school. This subject really needs a teacher to bounce questions off of. But this was so clearly stated and, no doubt, simplified, that I found it fascinating and compelling. And very funny.

In fact it can be hilarious! The cartoons kept me going. I was reading and chuckling by the pool, and a lady in the water wanted to know what the book was. "It must be wonderful to make you burst out laughing like that." I told her it was a history of philosophy. She made a queer face and swam away. The mere threat of Nietzsche makes everyone anxious I suppose.

It's hard to choose, but two cartoons that stick with me are Kant going for his imperious, daily constitutional seen from an ant's-eye view; and "The individual before the Yawing Abyss of Eternity" worried about his socks. The cartoon commentary on the text helped to make the concepts stick in my memory as the history continued to build upon itself.

People who have studied the subject will no doubt find this too elementary but it is a perfect beginners textbook.
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By S. Day on March 20, 2010
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This books makes philosophy understandable to me. I attempted to take philosophy many times before I found a class that used this book. It has understandable explanations of ideas and it coated them with humor so they "go down well". I want this book in my library so I can commit the to the deeper long term memory of me as a person.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. KELLEY on January 2, 2013
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This book was a suggested choice by my professor in addition to the required reading.
It definitely helped me understand the philosophers so that I could write my assignment and feel like I knew what I was doing. Thanks for the quick shipment.
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By Wrangler on September 15, 2014
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great intro book
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