50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need To Know

  • by Ben Dupre
  • Narrated by Laurence Kennedy
  • 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The perfect introduction to the central ideas of philosophy now available in audio format.Have you ever lain awake at night fretting over how we can be sure of the reality of the external world? Perhaps we are in fact disembodied brains, floating in vats at the whim of some deranged puppet-master? If so, you are not alone - and what's more, you are in exalted company. For this question and other ones like it have been the stuff of philosophical rumination from Plato to Popper.In a series of accessible and engaging short lectures delivered in the deep chocolate tones of reader Laurence Kennedy, 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know introduces and explains the problems of knowledge, consciousness, identity, ethics, belief, justice, and aesthetics that have engaged the attention of thinkers from the era of the ancient Greeks to the present day.

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I have read good reviews about this book and so was eager to get stuck into it. I think what I was after were 50 ideas to comtemplate and bring to the typical dinner party for open debate.

You can do this with several of the ideas, but unfortunately, many of them are lost by the discussion put forward. For instance the idea on Wagners music was a great starting piece, and extremely thought provoking. Trouble is, no longer had the concept been introduced, but the debate digressed, and the key points you wanted the author to address were never touched upon. Maybe this was the intention.

Other ideas could be blown away with recent scientific discoveries not even considered by the author.

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- Trevor

Good to know, good to brush up

Would you listen to 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need To Know again? Why?

Probably yes. My education included most of these but with time you tend to forget what is not used.


Have you listened to any of Laurence Kennedy’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Good narration. I liked to listen to it.


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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2008
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Ltd