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The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Hardcover – January 17, 2011
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." – Examiner.com
"This graphically lively presentation, which also features color reproductions, colorfully framed pull quotes, photos, and a variety of fonts, offers students an overview of the ideas and concepts generated by people who have spent their lives "wondering about the world." – School Library Journal
"In The Philosophy Book, the ideas and thoughts of more than one hundred of the most influential philosophers from the ancient world through today are presented in a succinct, yet highly readable, format. From all corners of the world and from different traditions and approaches to philosophy and the art of reasoning, the contributors to this excellent book highlight the impact of each philosopher on his society and how it affected the development of subsequent ideas. Students of philosophy or those interested in human thought will thoroughly enjoy this book. This volume is an excellent addition to a general philosophy collection." – Voice of Youth Advocate/VOYA Magazine
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DK was founded in London in 1974 and is now the world's leading illustrated reference publisher and part of Penguin Random House, formed on July 1, 2013. DK publishes highly visual, photographic nonfiction for adults and children. DK produces content for consumers in over 87 countries and in 62 languages, with offices in Delhi, London, Melbourne, Munich, New York, and Toronto. DK's aim is to inform, enrich, and entertain readers of all ages, and everything DK publishes, whether print or digital, embodies the unique DK design approach. DK brings unrivalled clarity to a wide range of topics with a unique combination of words and pictures, put together to spectacular effect. We have a reputation for innovation in design for both print and digital products. Our adult range spans travel, including the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, history, science, nature, sport, gardening, cookery, and parenting. DK’s extensive children’s list showcases a fantastic store of information for children, toddlers, and babies. DK covers everything from animals and the human body, to homework help and craft activities, together with an impressive list of licensing titles, including the bestselling LEGO® books. DK acts as the parent company for Alpha Books, publisher of the Idiot's Guides series and Prima Games, video gaming publishers, as well as the award-winning travel publisher, Rough Guides.
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Update: I bought this book over the holidays. My love for this book hasn't waned. It is a great price and gets me interested in other philosphers I haven't read. Highly recommended.
'The Philosophy Book' starts out with the very earliest of thinkers, and proceeds to cover the subject and its evolution to the present day. It not only explains the history of philosophy, but it delves deeply into the thought processes of the world's greatest thinkers, covering their viewpoints on subjects such as ethics, morality, scientific principles, religion, politics, etc.
An understanding of philosophy and its principles is essential to mankinds existence. This masterpiece of a book takes a subject that can be very hard to understand, and breaks it down into bite sized pieces. The use of diagrams, timelines and comprehensive illustrations makes the subject matter much easier to comprehend.
I only wish that a book such as this were available when I was in college. At the time, philosophy was a very difficult subject for me to understand. Had this book been in print, I not only would have had a clear understanding of the subject, but I would have enjoyed the learning process as well. Based on my experience with this exceptional volume, I'm eager to submerse myself in some of the other books in this series.
1. READ Introduction from pages 12-21
-Pages 22-23 are optional
2. READ pages 24-39
-Pages 40-43 are optional
3. READ pages 44-49
-Pages 52-55 are optional
4. READ pages 58-67
-Pages 70-75 are optional
5. READ pages 76-95
-Page 96 is optional
6. READ pages 97-125
-Pages 125-129 are optional
7. READ pages 130-177
-Pages 180-185 are optional
8. READ pages 186-259 <-----BIG Reading here
Pages 260-261 are optional
9. READ pages 262-267
Pages 268-271 optional
10. READ pages 272-285
Pages 288-289 are optional
11. READ Pages 290-307
Pages 310-313 are optional
12. READ pages 316-322
-Page 323 is optional
13. READ pages 324-326
NOTICE: This is all based on my experiences I had in my High School class.. The optional stuff is still GOOD information, but for someone new, can be skipped and visited later. My only complaint about this book is I felt the organization could have been better.