50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from Fifty Key Books Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From Aristotle to Wittgenstein and Zizek, 50 Philosophy Classics provides a lively entry point to the field of philosophy. Analyses of key works by Descartes, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Heidegger, and Nietzsche also show how philosophy helped shape the thinking and events of the last 150 years. The list also includes Twentieth Century greats including de Beauvoir, Foucault, Kuhn, and Sartre, along with contemporary philosophy including the writings and ideas of Peter Singer, Noam Chomsky, Harry Frankfurt, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
50 Philosophy Classics explores key writings that have shaped the discipline and impacted the real world. From Aristotle, Plato, and Epicurus in ancient times, to John Stuart Mill’s manifesto for individual freedom and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s struggle to understand fate as person versus the universe. Most notably, Butler-Bowdon takes listeners beyond the Twentieth Century to introduce contemporary thinkers like Slavoj Zizek, who suggests that the fight for food and water, a bio-genetic and social revolution, indicate the apocalyptic end of global liberal capitalism.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 48 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||12 June 2013|
|Publisher||Gildan Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 35,379 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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39 in Philosophy Movements (Audible Books & Originals)
46 in Philosophy History
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Each classic gets a quote or two, followed by a one-sentence ‘in a nutshell’ summary and a list of other books ‘in a similar vein’. Then there’s the main body of the summary, which lasts for around five pages, including a brief biography. The structure of 50 Philosophy Classics makes it ideal to dip into even if you’ve only got a few minutes to spare. It will even help you divine thematic threats, for example, I was most interested in learning more about Jean Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation, which 50 Philosophy Classics helped me to identify as being similar to Noam Chomsky’s Understanding Power, so now I want to read them both to see two ways of approaching the similar ideas.
In addition to the individual chapters there is an introduction, which gives an overview of the field. I found this easier to read after I’d read the rest of the book, as there’s a lot of information to take in and it’s easier to understand the wood, when you already know about the individual trees. There’s also a list of ‘50 More Philosophy Classics’, each of which come with a paragraph-long commentary. This is followed by a two-page glossary.
This book is perfect for anyone with an interest in the field of philosophy, but who doesn’t know where to start. I’m going to keep it on my bookshelf and return to it again and again, as it contains so many insights it is impossible to ingest them all in one reading.
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