Philogagging: An IntroductionA bit long for the "beginning" of the book, but necessary to give a feel for it. So what's it about? This:
Dimitri: If Atlas holds up the world, what holds up Atlas?This bit of ancient Greek dialogue perfectly illustrates the philosophical notion of infinite regress, a concept that comes up when we ask if there is a First Cause — of life, of the universe, of time and space, and most significantly, of a Creator.
Tasso: Atlas stands on the back of a turtle.
Dimitri: But what does the turtle stand on?
Tasso: Another turtle.
Dimitri: And what does that turtle stand on?
Tasso: My dear Dimitri, it's turtles all the way down!
Lively, original, and powerfully informative, this book is a not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions, from Existentialism (What do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?) to Logic (Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything). Philosophy 101 for those who like to take the heavy stuff lightly, this is a joy to read — and finally, it all makes sense!It covers ten categories of philosophy:
- Philosophy of Religion
- Philosophy of Language
- Social and Political Philosophy
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