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50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing, Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from Fifty Key Books (50's Series) [Audiobook, CD, Ungekürzte Ausgabe] [Englisch] [Audio CD]

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50 Philosophy Classics: THINKING, BEING, ACTING SEEING - Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from Fifty Key Books will be the sixth in the bestselling 50s series, and a lively entry point into the study.

Butler-Bowdon explores the works of 50 of the most significant philosophers; including those that show us
  • How to think (Descartes, Foucault and Wittgenstein)
  • How to be (Aristotle, Spinoza, Sartre)
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  • How to see (Baudrillard, Hegel, Talbot)

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'This book explains and discusses briefly, but with remarkable lucidity, some of the ideas of fifty philosophical thinkers from ancient time to the present day. Complex views on a whole range of important and enduring issues are made accessible to the general reader. A sympathetic account is given of each thinker and his or her thoughts, conveying the insights and capturing some of the excitement of seeing the world and human life from novel, distinctive, or unusual perspectives. The book is both enjoyable and instructive.' --C.L. Ten, Professor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore '50 PHILOSOPHY CLASSICS is an impressivly wide-ranging and compendium of nutshell clarity. It strikes just the right balance between accurate explication, insightful contextual analysis, and breezy illustrative anecdote.' --Dr. Phil Oliver, Department of Philosophy, Middle Tennessee State University, USA PRAISE FOR THE 50S SERIES 'A tremendous - book - because the range and depth of the sources are so huge, the cumulative reading effect is amazing. Alternatively, it educates and edifies, affirms and inspires. Often both.' --Stephen Covey, author of THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE 'A terrific compendium of the best - from famous classics to off-beat unknowns, distilled to the point of joyous clarity.' --Richard Koch, author of THE 80/20 PRINCIPLE 'Butler-Bowdon has made a name for himself as an expert in personal development literature - the breadth of thought is far-reaching and inspiring.' --The Sunday Mail, Australia -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Tom Butler-Bowdon is a recognized expert in the 'literature of possibility.' He is the author of the bestselling and award-winning 50 CLASSICS series whose titles have been translated into 23 languages. A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney, he lives in Oxford where he writes full time.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The study of philosophy has as its purpose to know...the truth about the ways things are." Thomas Aquinas 11. April 2013
Von Robert Morris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This is the sixth and most recent volume in the "50 Classics" series edited by Tom Butler-Bowdon and published by Nicholas Brealey. It is also the most ambitious in that the authors and works discussed are, in my opinion, among the most challenging as well as the most rewarding in print. In terms of their timeline, the "classics" range from Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics in 4th century BC to Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow and Julian Baggini's The Ego Trick in 2011.

The 50 are organized in alpha order of their authors' names but can also be viewed as "classics" in one or more of four separate but related fields: Thinking (analysis, cognition, the limits of what can be known, the sense of self); Being (opportunities and choices for happiness and a life of meaning and purpose, free will, and autonomy); Acting (power and its uses, liberty and justice, fairness, ethics, morality), and Seeing (Plato's cave and perception/reality, linguistic challeges, quality of life in a media world). Butler-Bowdon devotes a separate chapter to each of the 50 and employs a common format: representative quotation(s), "In a nutshell" representative insight, "In a similar vein" authors and works, and a four-page introduction to the author and work.

As I began to work my way through the sequence of commentaries, I was again reminded of an incident years ago at Princeton University when one of Albert Einstein's faculty colleagues pointed out to him that he asked the same questions every year on his final examination. "Quite true. Each year the answers are different." Consider the enduring questions to which thoughtful persons have responded throughout several millennia. "Who am I?" for example, and "What is wisdom?" There may be a general agreement about nomenclature but seldom a consensus on definitions. There is even widespread disagreement about subjectivity.

Here in Dallas near the downtown area, there is a Farmer's Market at which several merchants offer slices of fresh fruit as samples of their wares. In that spirit, I now offer a few of the dozens of Butler-Bowdon's erudite observations that caught my eye:

On Aristotle: His "pleasing conclusion is that happiness is not predetermined by fate or the gods, but can be acquired habitually by consciously expressing a virtuous life through work, application, or study. '[We] become builders,' he says, ' by building and we become harpists by playing the harp. Similarly, then, we become just by doing just actions, temperate by doing temperate actions, brave by doing brave actions.' In other words, we become a successful person through habit." (Page 25)

On Jeremy Bentham: "On a purely personal level, asking 'What would benefit the most people, in the best way, as far as possible into the future?' is surely a good way to approach life and its decisions. Bentham assumed that most people were self-interested, but all religions, and many kinds of moral philosophy, attest to the benefits of cultivating the direct opposite state: thinking of the good of others first is actually the one thing we can count on to deliver our own happiness." (54)

On Cicero: "Cicero is an enigma. On one hand, he is the great defender of the Roman Republic and its ideal of the rule of law; on the other, he sentenced several conspirators to death without trial. Though at the time Rom e was operating under martial law, the conspirators were still citizens, and many thought the act unforgivable. One cannot doubt his influence, though. He was instrumental in bringing Greek philosophy, particularly that of Plato, to the educated Roman classes. His outlook was adapted by Christian philosophers, notably Augustine, whose life was said to have c hanged after reading Cicero's Hortensius (a work now lost), and his ethics and concept of natural law were foundational to medieval Christian philosophy." (78-79

On Confucius: He emphasized patience in building a community or state. Instead of rule by personal whim, one should wish for things to happen at their natural pace. Such a long-term view enables the interests of all to be taken into account, including future generations, and acknowledges the progress that has been made in particular areas by ancestors and past administrations. In a time of war and upheaval, this vision of long-term peace, prosperity, and justice in the state was highly appealing to governors." (84)

On René Descartes: "Contemporary philosophers like to gloss over or deprecate Descartes' metaphysical side, seeing it as the blemish on an otherwise brilliant conception of the world. Textbooks tend to `forgive' his desire to provide proofs of God, pointing out that this most rational of men could not escape the religious nature of his times. Surely, if he were alive today, he would not even dip his feet into such metaphysical murkiness? Let's not forget that Descartes' `tree of knowledge' has metaphysics as its very trunk, from which everything else spreads out." (90)

On Ralph Waldo Emerson: "What is the relationship between Emerson`s earlier essay, `Self-Reliance,' and `Fate'? It would be tempting to say that the later work reflects a wiser Emerson who was more attuned to the power of nature and circumstance in people's lives. It is almost as if he is challenging him self to believe his earlier, more forthright essay on the power of the individual...But having noted [an ] apparent determinism, and just when one thinks that Emerson has finally sided with fate, he says that this beautiful necessity (nature, God, law, intelligence) `solicits the pure in heart to draw on all its omnipotence.'" (96)

On Daniel Kahneman: "Thinking, Fast and Slow's focus on a great array of biases and failures in human thought does not mean that the book has a negative tone. Rather, it offers hope, because many of these thinking black spits were once hidden or unconscious - and so we were at their mercy. Now, we can factor them into any rational decision we need to make or theory we wish to develop. Philosophy is as vulnerable to these cognitive mistakes as any field, and to think it is above them is hubris." (155)

On Thomas Kuhn: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was shocking in its suggestion that science does not take humanity on a neat, linear path toward some objective truth about the reality of the world via the accumulation of empirical observations (what can be called the Enlightenment view), but is in fact a human creation. If science is an attempt to make our theories fit nature, then it is human nature with which we have to contend first." (176)

On Jean-Jacque Rousseau: "Whereas Hobbes thought that people had to make a choice between being ruled and being free, Rousseau said that it was possible to have both; you could remain free if your `ruler' was yourselves (in the form of an assembly of citizens set up to make laws). Critics have said that while this might have worked in the Swiss cantons with which Rousseau was familiar in his youth, such optimism was less suited to the real world. Nevertheless, his overall vision remains powerful." (252)

The other 40 philosophers include Heraclitus, William James, John Locke, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Those who read this book with appropriate curiosity and care will be generously rewarded in one or more ways: they will be introduced to thinkers and works about which they knew little (if anything) previously; and/or, their own reasoning skills will be strengthened significantly as will their understanding of specific issues of greatest interest and value to them; and/or, thanks to Butler-Bowdon, they will become motivated to read or re-read one or more of the 50 works within a wider and deeper frame-of-reference. Now sold by Amazon for only $12.36 (only $9.95 in the Kindle version), this volume offers remarkably inexpensive (and tasty) "appetizers." A sequence of gourmet feasts then awaits - in the form of the 50 primary sources - for those who love wisdom as much as Tom Butler-Bowdon does.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A walk in the sunshine 29. Juni 2013
Von James P. Oliver - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Aristotle "in a nutshell," from astute non-academic Tom Butler-Bowdon:
Happiness comes from expressing what we have rationally decided is good for us over the longer term. Happiness is not pleasure, but a by-product of a meaningful life.

Butler-Bowdon's 50 Philosophy Classics is an impressively wide-ranging, alphabetically-ordered compendium of nutshell clarity. Surprisingly impressive, perhaps, to those academics who've been miseducated to suspect and discount the work of non-credentialed generalists.

I don't think I'm one of those, but I was suspicious that the latest volume in a drab-seeming series of 50s (spiritual, self-help, success, prosperity, psychology, no "shades of grey") might be a bit lite. It's not. It strikes just the right balance between accurate explication, insightful contextual analysis, and breezy illustrative anecdote.

I hadn't known, for instance, of A.J. Ayer's encounter with Mike Tyson at a New York party. Ayer interceded when Tyson "assaulted" his date, and replied cooly to the thug's "Do you know who I am? I am the heavyweight champion of the world." -"And I am the former Wykeham Professor of Logic..." My esteem for Ayer just tripled.

But the Butler-Bowdon quote I find most moving and helpful (and relevant to my present project) yesterday was not in 50 Classics but in his twitter stream:

"I always knew that someday I would once again feel the grass under my feet and walk in the sunshine as a free man. I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed towards the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair."

That was Nelson Mandela, whose meaningful life will continue to be a source of human happiness. [...]
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3.0 von 5 Sternen not an outstanding digest of philosophies 16. August 2013
Von truthtrumpspc - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Someone could easily find more information throughout the internet compared to the short summary pages given for the 50 philosophers' books. This philosophy volume is a replication to Mr. Butler-Bowden's other books on psychology and personal growth. Not only the cover, but the format throughout. It's as if the book was written to fit a form rather than a natural flow of information. I've read the psychology volume and will say it was more clear and coherent than this one. I think it's because the 50 psychologists' books typically deal with a singular concept whereas the philosophers' books are multi-conceptual and the author crams too many ideas together in the mini-space form he uses.

If you do read the book, especially cover to cover, I'd suggest to read the introduction after reading the chapters. The introduction ties together the common threads of the philosophers. Instead of the silly alphabetical order of philosophers by name he might have taken the lead of his introduction which interestingly organized a format according to the three common aspects of the human condition: thinking, feeling (he translates this into being?), and acting. The philosophers could be grouped into these three main sections according to the main content of their book. Furthermore, for example, aspects of "acting" include power, liberty, fairness, and ethics so that a sub-division could be used to further transition the common threads of philosophers for comparative purpose. Certain philosopher's books might not fit this suggested format, but I would offer that this is because he adds minor players to the book to fit the 50 form?

Critical evaluation is practically absent for each entry. In a three paragraph section he calls "Final comments", he states a token comment by Robert Nozick supporting individual rights over Rawl's "veil of ignorance' derived abstract social rights. He then interprets Nozick's comment, but that's it? Amazingly he concludes by equating Rawls with Plato? Mr. Butler-Bowdon seems to barely hide his left leanings on social or political matters. For example, feminists are seen as beyond criticism. In this regard some chapters come appear more like a propaganda piece. For a more penetrating point-counterpoint treatment I recommend Nigel Warburton's introductory Philosophy: The Basics which is a delight to read.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Just amazing the way this is laid out 8. September 2014
Von clearady - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Cannot put this book down. If I had to write a book, I'd do it exactly in this manner. Everything is in bite-sized pieces so that someone interested in philosophy does not have to read extensive books by these 50 authors. He boils their ideas down to about three pages, then spends one page for the biography of them, and one page discussing the strengths or weaknesses of their theory. Just amazing the way this is laid out, and has all the great philosophers. I could go on and on about all the mind-blowing lines in this book - if I were highlighting, my marker would be dry lol - but you should just read this for yourself. I rarely ever read books twice, but this will be one of them. After getting my hands on this, I immediately bought the 50 Spiritual Classics book and plan to purchase a few more by this author eventually. Just a brilliant guy who did his homework and gives every theory in a nutshell for us. This book will make you think. If you love philosophy, you need this book!
5.0 von 5 Sternen A great collection of famous philosophers! 15. Mai 2014
Von Jo Ann Hagan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The author did a superb job presenting a small snap shot of each philosopher. Whether we accept it or not, each and everyone one of us, in some small way, is a philosopher. Rare is the person who doesn't question every aspect of life. It is only the philosopher who makes us look deep into our souls to search out what life is really all about.
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