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D.E. Wittkower is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He received his PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, is trained in German philosophy and the history of value theory (ethics, aesthetics, and social/political philosophy), and works primarily in philosophy of technology and the philosophy of everyday life and popular culture.

He is editor of Facebook and Philosophy, Philip K. Dick and Philosophy, Mr. Monk and Philosophy, and iPod and Philosophy; has written articles for Slate and Speakeasy (the Arts and Culture blog of the Wall Street Journal) as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters; and has recorded a dozen audiobooks with Librivox.org.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (May 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440558868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440558863
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I teach courses on philosophy of technology at Old Dominion University, and write on technology, digital culture, ethics, business, and the philosophy of everyday life and popular culture. I also freelance for Speakeasy, culture blog of the Wall Street Journal, and Slate's Future Tense.

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D.E. Wittkower received a Ph.D in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 2006. His training concentrated on German philosophy and the history of value theory (ethics, aesthetics, social/political philosophy). His research has concentrated on Philosophy of Technology and Applied Philosophy--exploring the intersection of New Media Theory, Political Philosophy, Ethics, and 19th and 20th century Continental and American philosophy. Prior to accepting the position of Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University, he taught at Coastal Carolina University, Sweet Briar College, Virginia Tech, University of Missouri - St. Louis, and University of Maine - Orono. He is Phi Beta Kappa, and was given the 2011 Award for Distinguished Teaching by the CCU College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Current research concentrates on Facebook, personal relationships, and community, with some additional projects underway on kickstarter, new media pedagogy, the value of boredom, and the strange prominence of bacon in online culture. Recent publications concern topics including Philip K. Dick, the phenomenology of audiobook listening, the role of the cute in digital culture, and copyright in e-business.

In addition to the books listed here, he has contributed to *The Unlike Us Reader* (Institute of Network Cultures, 2013), *Putting Knowledge to Work and Letting Information Play* (Springer, 2012), *Applying Care Ethics to Business* (Springer, forthcoming 2011), *Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies* (Routledge, 2011), *Learning Through Digital Media (Institute for Distributed Creativity, 2011), *Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy* (Open Court, 2011), *Anime and Philosophy* (Open Court, 2010), *Ethical Issues in E-Business* (IGI Global, 2010), and *Radiohead and Philosophy* (Open Court, 2009); and author of articles appearing in *Techné*, *International Review of Information Ethics*, *APA Newsletter on Computers and Philosophy*, *Social Identities*, and *Fast Capitalism*.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By instrumental good on April 23, 2013
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This book is an excellent and personalized introduction to philosophical concepts for the lay reader. You'll want your own copy of this book in order to literally fill-in-the-blanks, answering philosophical questions about your life and thoughts, and then reading the intro to concepts that relate to the subject to help you see where you stand on philosophical issues. It's a fantastic read for someone who would like to learn more about philosophy and have a guide to help you understand how you can make sense of your own life. This book is the guide. In this regard, the book fills a niche in philosophy that I've not seen from any other book. It's both self-directed learning (you can skip the topics that really don't interest you), part self-help (you can better understand yourself), and part general overview of key philosophical issues. It's obvious D.E. Wittkower wants to make philosophy accessible for all, and he does this beautifully.

That said, I've been thinking about how to use this book in an intro philosophy course, and, while I think some of the exercises for self-reflection would be good, I would hesitate to use it in its entirety because, though the material gives and excellent overview, it doesn't delve deeply enough into any one issue with enough rigor for a college-level course. This book also spends a great deal of time on "continental" traditions in philosophy, which it does well, but I would want to integrate more "pragmatist" and "analytic" traditions in a course. If I were teaching intro philosophy to non-traditional and returning students, I might be more likely to use this as a text.

That said, you should get a copy for your own use and enjoyment. It might not be a perfect college textbook - but that makes it all the better for most audiences, right?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter H. Griffin, Ph.D. on April 20, 2013
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D.E. Wittkower has created an approachable introduction to the use of philosophy for answering life's questions. Clever and fun, this is a self help book for people who like to think and a quick survey of many important philosophers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve on April 20, 2013
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My husband & I got together with friends. Over a couple of glasses of wine (each), we discussed 2 of the questions -- 2 hours later, we knew ourselves and each other a lot better and we had a great time! I'm planning to start a monthly small discussion group to continue the experience,
Sylvia
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