Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Reader's Diary #2050- Barry Loewer (Editor): 30-Second Philosophies

A short time ago I read and quite enjoyed Stephen Law's The Philosophy Gym. It was a very engaging and enlightening introduction to philosophy. Still not fully confident to progress beyond the beginner stage though, I thought 30-Second Philosophies, edited by Barry Loewer and with an introduction by Stephen Law himself, would be another fun choice.

Subtitled The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Philosophies Each Explained in Half a Minute, I think therein lay the problem. I, and assume Loewer, had mistakenly believed that these could be reduced to such brevity (dumbed-down?). Too often the ideas were confusing or else lacked the real life connection that Law's The Philosophy Gym found and explained so well and so entertainingly.

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