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- Publication Date: October 22, 2018
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- Language: English
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Essential Philosophy: How to know what on earth is going on Kindle Edition
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SM is clearly a truth seeker and never tries to deceive the reader into his point of view. Instead he invites us to think for ourselves.
I especially enjoyed the sample arguments at the end.
I need to be clear that I'm not against the issues per se, it's just that they would be better dealt with in a different kind of book. As such, *essential* philosophy is misleading.
The first part defends free will against determinism. The second focuses on universal preferable behavior (and simplifies his explanation from his prior book on that topic). The third is a socratic dialogue on numerous philosophical questions. He wraps up with a rebuttal to his critics.
For those new to philosophy, this book is a great starting point!
In it, you will find a complete summary of the free will vs determinism debate and feel the energizing effects of being in control of your own fate. Kick nihilism in the butt and change your outlook on life.
You will also find proof of secular ethics, which is a system of morality. In my opinion, through understanding morality, you can increase your emotional self-defense. Emotional self-defense is about feeling certainty about what is right and wrong and not allowing others to manipulate you. Though the author doesn't use this language directly, this book can equip you with these tools for emotional self-defense.
The other great feature of this book is that it includes dialogs! In the tradition of philosophers like Socrates, Molyneux takes you through philosophical arguments point by point. I found these dialogs so helpful and entertaining.
Overall, this is a concise and fascinating book. A great introduction to Universally Preferable Behavior, or a useful review for those of us who haven't read UPB for a few years. 🙂
As such the book does not offer (much?) news for long time followers, but newcomers may be pleasantly surprised by getting a 'quick start' to Stephans past idea's.
I like the book, but don't think it lives up to its title, hence the missing star. The second star went missing because of the huge amount of repetition when he gives examples of how something applies to reality. That may work in a life stream, but in a book I find it obstructs the main line.
That said, for this price, you won't regret spending the money!
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Do you find yourself laughing at modern late night show hosts and comedians?
Do you find yourself repeating "orange man bad" or "diversity good" involuntarily and repeatedly?
This may be a sign that you are an NPC and have no thoughts of your own.
You may in fact be a robot programmed by your coercively funded statist schools, media and (((others))).
Stefan's book will give you the tools to install a sentient brain into your head case.
The book also comes along with philosophical rocket boots to fly out of the claustrophobic buzzing hordes of mindless automatons.
You will fly to the soaring vantage points of truth and freedom where you can begin dropping "not an argument" hydrogen bombs upon the masses. (You can get this type of ammunition from Stefan's book "Art of the Argument")
It's just great. Aristotle can be dry, boring, and in some places, irrelevant. Yet he is such a great thinker! He even invented logic its self! Now that's amazing! The thing is, Stefan Molyneux really cuts to the chase, and manages to provide practical examples for all of these brilliant philosophical ideas and more. So this doesn't get boring or academic at any point. Much like Stefan's other books, this one is rich with humour, wit and language. The guy is just a great writer and speaker.
Highly recommended for anyone, you will not be disappointed.
A verdade existe? Como podemos chegar nela? Podemos confiar em nossa mente para entender as conclusões?
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