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Action Philosophers Giant-Size Thing Vol. 3 Paperback – December 12, 2007

4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Action Philosophers Series

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In this third and final trade paperback collection, Van Lente and Dunlavey return once more to their comics précis of philosophy with a survey of Greek philosophers, a Law and Order–style trial of God with Kant as his epistemological attorney, and a hilariously spot-on parody of Peanuts (You're a Good Man, John Stuart Mill), before closing with a lightning round that runs a gauntlet of 11 philosophers, ranging from Lao-Tzu to David Hume, in 32 pages. As with most of the series, it negotiates the turbid waters of philosophical theory not only with ease but laugh-out-loud irreverence. This is no dumbed down My First Philosophy book for grade schoolers; although it gilds the theories of philosophers like Epictetus the Stoic with word balloons and cartoon slapstick, it never shies away from complex ideas, even if that means occasional lapses into philosophical jargon (in a synthetical cognition, you augment an intuition with a conception). Van Lente and Dunlavey engage some of philosophy's most recondite notions with wit, clarity and brilliant accessibility, but intelligence is always presumed and demanded. Only the most precocious of children need apply. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • Series: Action Philosophers! (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Evil Twin Comics (December 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977832929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977832927
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,993,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been ecstatic with the previous two volumes of Action Philosophers. And, I'm not unhappy with the third and final volume. Van Lente and Dunlavey have done two services to the discipline of philosophy. First, they have found a creative, humorous, and effective way to present philosophical concepts to a vast audience. Second, and most importantly, they have found a creative, humorous, and effective way to present ACCURATE philosophical concepts to a vast audience.
Here's why four stars and not five. Action Philosophers Volume 3 began with five stars. It went down to three because they failed in the second aspect (accuracy). It then got an extra point, because even the inaccurate ones were funny as hell (I actually convinced one of my friends to play six degrees of Francis Bacon with me). So, it ended up with a grand total of four.
Here's the main reason for the lowered accuracy. To be brief, they bit off more than they could chew. EIGHTEEN philosophers are covered here. And, to give credit where credit is due, they did an amazing job with about half of them. The ones I was upset with were the one page philosophers like Foucault, Wollstonecraft, Berkeley, and especially Leibniz, (whose philosophy they never explained; they only used secondary source material such as Voltaire) were not given any just exposition of their concepts. Had they increased the page numbers or dropped the one page philosophers altogether, this would have been the best of the three volumes.
Having said that, I want to emphasize that this is still a book worth getting. They actually had the cajones to tackle Kant. And what's more, THEY SUCCEEDED!!!
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Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey keep churning out these seemingly effortless "bio's" on historical figures of western and asian civ. I particularly enjoyed Socrates thru to Confucius. I own the entire series and it makes me feel a bit relieved that there are still people out there that will make the effort to explore and invigorate the classical text and reinterpret it in a new way. I would recommend the entire series. It will also get your kids interested in history and philosophy.
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This is the 3rd of a great series, and I am sad to hear that it might not continue. I have all 3 of these. I have never learned so much in a short period of time. What a great way to get an overview of many of the world's great philosophers, and some obscure ones as well. Could be an excellent way to teach young people about philosophy and history's gear thinkers, but as an adult I loved it.
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This stuff is great! I bought all three collections and have enjoyed them many times. Action Philosophers is aesthetically pleasing, offers dubious epistemological claims, defines metaphysical phenomena in unreal ways, is in no way politically correct, and is far from virtuous. Good, philosophical fun for sure.
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