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Looking At Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter 4th Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0072828955
ISBN-10: 0072828951
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 4 edition (June 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072828951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072828955
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christopher K. Aoki on November 14, 2006
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'Looking At Philosophy: The Unbearable Heaviness of Philosophy Made Lighter' by Donald Palmer lives up to the promise in its title; It is a very brief overview on the history of philosophy, covering most major philosophers through history, starting with the Greek philosophers, and ending with the modern philosophies.

It is an extremely light read. I found myself reading far ahead of the assigned chapters, simply because I was enjoying myself. The illustrations are humorous, though sometimes silly, especially for a text book.

The light reading can also be problematic. I found myself referring to other resources for a full understanding, because the author did not cover (I felt) enough ground on most subjects, leaving me without only a surface understanding of the concepts.

This book would be better suited to a high school class, rather than a serious, college course.

Overall, the text was refreshingly enjoyable, though oftentimes fell short.
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I am using this book to facilitate a philosophy group (along with some other material) for an inmate-patient population. Some of the reading and comprehension levels for these individuals would eliminate most philosophy texts for use in this environment. I recalled a professor from college suggesting this book as a lighter look at some of the heavy material we were covering in class. The inmate-patients seem to enjoy the humor and easy-to-understand approach of the author. I would not recommend this book for someone who has studied philosophy and is looking for higher-level material. This is good for an intro to philosophy course.
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I knew very little about philosophy, and still do not know much. Nevertheless, this book provides a great introduction to philosophy and is a wonderful place to begin. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to start studying philosophy and is baffled with regards to where to start.
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This is a great book for a quick (and humorous) overview of Western Philosophy. However, in the Christian/Medieval Philosophy section, there are some general statements regarding St. John the Divine that are false. There are several First/Second Century Church Fathers, as well as modern writers and scholars, that would argue very strongly, that St. John the Divine is the same person as St. John the Evangelist - Disciple/Apostle, and writer of the Gospel according to John, the Epistles of John, and the Book of Revelation. Apart from this one section on Christian/Medieval Philosophy, the book is again very helpful to undergraduate students beginning their studies in Philosophy.
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By G. Millet on October 15, 2007
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I'm not a very avid reader, but this one is pretty fun to read, and it's pretty basic(definitely not difficult reading!).

I would recommend it! It's pretty nice to get a foundation on some fairly important history. It's relative to other important facts in history or in life.
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