Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher

Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher For Those Who Don T Know The Difference Between Lucretius S Spear And Hume S Fork, Zeno And The Tortoise Explains Not Just Who Each Philosopher Was And What He Thought, But Exactly How He Came To Think In The Way He Did Nicholas Fearn Presents Philosophy As A Collection Of Tools The Tricks Of A Trade That, In The End, Might Just Be All Tricks, Each To Be Fruitfully Applied To A Variety Of Everyday Predicaments In A Witty And Engaging Style That Incorporates Everything From Sting To Cell Phones To Bill Gates, Fearn Demystifies The Ways Of Thought That Have Shaped And Inspired Humanity Among Many Others, The Socratic Method, Descartes S Use Of Doubt, Bentham S Theory Of Utilitarianism, Rousseau S Social Contract, And, Of Course, The Concept Of Common Sense Along The Way, There Are Fascinating Biographical Snippets About The Philosophers Themselves The Story Of Thales Falling Down A Well While Studying The Stars, And Of Socrates Being Told By A Face Reader That His Was The Face Of A Monster Who Was Capable Of Any Crime Written In Twenty Five Short Chapters, Each Readable During The Journey To Work, Zeno And The Tortoise Is The Ideal Course In Intellectual Self Defense Acute, Often Irreverent, But Always Authoritative, This Is A Unique Introduction To The Ideas That Have Shaped Us All Entertaining And Witty A Smooth, Sweet Concoction That Should Tickle The Taste Buds Of The Most Philosophobic Readers Julian Boggini, The Times Educational Supplement UK A Concise And Entertaining Attempt To Place The Skills Of Philosophy At Our Fingertips Olivier Burckhardt, The Independent On Sunday UK

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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher
  • Nicholas Fearn
  • English
  • 13 May 2018
  • 9780802139177

10 thoughts on “Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher

  1. says:

    This was a great way to familiarize myself with some great philosophical minds I love philosophy but I tend to gravitate toward the readers digest version of philosophers Reading a philosopher s works can be incredibly rewarding but one can spend decades unraveling the thoughts and ideas of just one philosophers work Instead, I read synopses of their work This book covers Thales, Protagoras, Zeno, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Lucretius, Ockham, Machiavelli, Bacon, Descartes, Hume, Reid, Rousseau, Kant, Bentham, Hegel, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Popper, Ryle, Turing, Dawkins, Derrida It also helps one interpret the works of the philosophers true work that you have read It is a humorous, light read dealing with heavy material.

  2. says:

    A very unfortunate title The subtitle should have been How to apply the patterns of great philosophers I just can t believe that I would ever think like the great philosophers nor would I want to I m perfectly find thinking the way I think Now that I have that out of my system, the book is great In 25 sections, the author takes each key contribution from some incredible philosopher It could be called a philosophy field guide.

  3. says:

    I ve heard about this book in military blogs and books So was excited to read it as previous attempt at philosophy books has not been successful A couple different things this book offers On overview of philosophical history, key players and a pool of concepts Brief analyzation of their success and failures The focus is the process of reductionism and deconstruction of thoughts I struggled with as I read the book He would propose a thought and then go through how to reduce it When doing so it made my mind race and I would over complicate the original idea However that was part of the point, when we over complicate its because we are trying to understand the idea itself Rather we should take it as it, how to apply it our own approach and then move on Why would I recommend this book, importantly is this applicable to the life s of leaders My answer would be it can help you think, I know very insightful What I mean is when we approach a problem, we can use philosophical concepts to think rationalize When others try to think things we can use strategize to help them simplify their thoughts and translate them into manageable and effective means Quick read and some entertaining parts About to fly back to Germany so I may actually read parts of it again to gain a better understanding.

  4. says:

    It s ok but I probably would not revisit it Recommended from FSCJ Liberal Arts syllabus Good for students.

  5. says:

    This is an excellent book for those who want to have some handle on some key philosophical ideas and philosophers Though the book might be criticised for some omissions and commissions, it gives a good glimpse into philosophical thought Edit final rating 3.5 due to exclusion of Bertrand Russel and inclusion of Richard Dawkins

  6. says:

    Good refresher on philosophy and philosophers Without fluff, each short digestible chapter outlines the essence of each philosopher s argument, some thoughts about how to think of it using modern day examples and gives context for each philosopher s life Especially appreciated the latter where I learned interesting thing about the person and the times I had studied philosophy so while there is a lot to learn from the original works, namely the construction and thought process in creating an idea that describes the world, for my purposes this was a great little book to get me thinking about this again.

  7. says:

    Didn t finish this Such a good concept, anecdotes about various great philosophers throughout the ages, what they had to say about the subject of death and my favorite part, of course , the weird ways in which they actually died but I dunno, it started to grow dull in the middle of the middle of the Middle Ages, and it another book I never finished.

  8. says:

    A sequence of philosophers in historic order Easy to read and understand Not sure why some names have made it to the book Lucretius, Machiavelli, Ryle and why others Spinoza, Leibnitz, Russel are missing But a nice read nonetheless.

  9. says:

    Bought this book for my 15 yr old son to introduce him to philosophy Covers over 20 philosophers and their main ideas, including short biographies Good introductory book into the origins and developments of some of the most important philosophical ideas throughout history.

  10. says:

    Part biography of many philosophers, part introduction to various thinking techniques, part summary of various types of philosophical thought This book will probably encourage you to dig deeper into ideas that interest you A buffet full of appetizers.

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