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The Joy of Philosophy: Thinking Thin versus the Passionate Life 1st Edition
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University of Texas professor Solomon is an unique persona in philosophy. Schooled and trained in the Anglo-American analytic tradition, his favorite philosophers and ideas come from the Continental side of the profession. This hybridization of analytic training and existentialist thinking brings together the best of both possible worlds. Unlike most Continental thinkers, who are often arcane, verbose, free-association, and ideological, Solomon is accessible, concise, and driven by philosophy's "historical" or "grand" themes. And unlike most Anglo-American philosophers, "living" philosophy is the reason to do philosophy. It's not merely a method, it's a way of life. And in his superb dexterity, he's able to articulate Continental themes in the Angl-American style. For those of us demanding rigor, clarity, and logic, he delivers better than most in the analytic tradition.
All of Solomon's books are a joy to read, because he embues philosophy with joy of philosophy itself. Thus, his title for this, his most comprehensive and systematic, work, could not be more appropriate on numerous levels.
Solomon can keep up with the best of analytic rigor that the Ango-American tradition requires, and still reach into the depths and breadths of our humanity to distill vividly those distinctly human features, which really amount to something, that makes the examined life not only worthwhile, but a joyful difference.Read more ›
The irony which has twice misled me is that the book's central argument is that philosophy ought to be directed at laymen rather than the academic community. Insofar as it is not, Solomon believes, philosophy has lost its calling.
Otherwise, the book moves through a few minor themes, arranged as chapters. One is that passionate reasoning, rather than dispassionate reasoning, is the key to good philosophy and fulfillment in life. He's written another book on the philosophy of love, and another on Nietzsche, and both of those played a big role in this chapter. A second theme was the role of emotion in politics and social relations. In my review of "Spirituality," I criticized Solomon for going on about science this and science that while appearing totally unfamiliar with science, but in this chapter he proved me wrong, showing some familiarity, but not uncritical acceptance, with evolutionary psychology. The third chapter argues that ethics is inherently emotional, it cannot be purely rational, contrary to the hopes of so many theorists. The fourth chapter elaborates on this, looking closely at justice, sympathy and vengeance. I was uninterested and didn't read this chapter well, but it appeared to me that he argues that there is no objective justice, while supporting the thesis of chapter three. I barely made it through this chapter.
Chapter five set the book on fire for me: it is essentially about the problem of evil: how do we make sense of suffering.Read more ›
I had the great good fortune to take 3 philosophy courses with Professor/Doctor Solomon at Texas Austin in the early 70's. Altough I was a business major, I decided to read philosophy for the rest of my days. Best decision I ever made.
The Teaching Company (check brouser) has 3 dvd lecture courses by Professor Solomon. These courses do not capture the dynamics and joy of being in his class, but they are very good.
If you want to experience the Joy of Philosophy make Robert C. Solomon your guru. For Hemmingway, Paris was a moveable feast; so also for Solomon and philosohhy.
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I regularly give this book to friends and students as graduation presents.Published 4 months ago by robert g white