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The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy Kindle Edition
Philosophy like you've never seen it before
The latest in the celebrated Cartoon Introduction series, The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy is an authoritative and engaging guide to the fundamental questions about our existence. In this indispensable primer, Kevin Cannon—one of the talented illustrators behind Evolution and The Stuff of Life—and the philosopher Michael F. Patton introduce the wisecracking Greek Heraclitus, who hops in a canoe with us as we navigate the great debates of Western thought. As we make our way down the winding river of philosophy, we meet the pre-Socratics, who first questioned mythology and wondered about the world around them; encounter the disciplines of logic, perception, and epistemology; face the central problem of free will; and witness historic arguments over the existence of God. Along the way, famous thinkers like René Descartes and Immanuel Kant spell out their work in clear, lighthearted conversations that will put readers at ease.
Patton's prose, combined with Cannon's rich artistry, puts the fun back into the quest for fundamental truths, imparting the love of wisdom to anyone willing to grab a paddle and join the ride. A rich combination of education and entertainment, The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy is a must-have book for students and professors alike.
"In the entertaining, erudite Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy, the game Heraclitus travels down the winding river of philosophical thought to lead us through a pocket history of examined living . . . Michael Patton and Kevin Cannon's guide to philosophical thought is a creative addition to the cartoon academy, offering readers well-written, engaging mini-portraits of influential thinkers." --Dan Kois, Slate
"The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy is as good a philosophy book as it is a comicbook. Indeed, the force of the arguments, the give-and-take between the opposing voices, and the clear presentation of what is important in each of these classic debates makes this book a better introduction to philosophy than many . . . It helps to raise some interesting questions about the visual nature of philosophy itself and it reminds us of the power of comicbooks to tell our stories, express our ideas, and help us think." --Gregory L. Reece, PopMatters
"A fun, clear and clever introduction to the rich history of philosophy in the Western world." --Kirkus Reviews
"Like many nonfiction graphic novels written by non-comic writers, philosophy professor Patton's wordy text drives the narrative. But Cannon's art transcends what could have been a second-place relationship to keep this textbook-like explanation of the key thinkers of history visually entertaining . . . The concept-based structure, which incorporates ideas from across eras, is welcoming and understandable to the casual reader" --Publishers Weekly
"Michael Patton's clever dialogue turns even the most difficult topics into lively discussions and Kevin Cannon's noodly illustrations create appealing characters who fascinate with every jaunty step. Together, Patton and Cannon have created a captivating book that proves that graphic narratives can teach just as well, or better, than traditional textbooks. This book is an excellent resource for both students and non-students alike." --Lindsay Hodgens, Alabama Writers' Forum
"Michael Patton and Kevin Cannon have pulled off something remarkable; they've produced a rigorous introduction to philosophy in the form of a comic book. In these times of assaults on education from ideological, economic, and political dimensions, it is essential to ignite a love of learning and inquiry in folks--both young and old. With consistent wit, marvelous pacing, and brilliant illustrations, Patton and Cannon take the reader through simple but accurate explanations of the basic ideas of many of the canonical figures from the history of philosophy, linking these ideas to other disciplines and at all points drawing the reader into the great dialogues of the Western intellectual tradition." --Mark Lance, professor of philosophy and professor of justice and peace, Georgetown University
"The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy is smart, funny, and up-to-date. Entertaining without oversimplifying, Patton and Cannon bring the world of philosophy to life. For those who have not yet been exposed to the pleasures of philosophy, The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy is a great place to start." --Todd May, Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities, Clemson University
"If this isn't the Platonic ideal of a graphic novel about philosophy, I don't know what is. Michael F. Patton and Kevin Cannon's The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy is terrific, and that's probably the only thing you could get all the philosophers featured in their book to agree on." --Jim Ottaviani, author of The Imitation Game, Feynman, and Primates.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B00XTW2CI4
- Publisher : Hill and Wang; Illustrated edition (2 June 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 205349 KB
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- Print length : 176 pages
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The art is black, white and grey and embodies the “cartoon” nature of the title. This works very well to bring a level of humour and accessibility to the subject matter. If a book has pictures in then it can’t be all that intimidating right?
There are mini biographies of all the great thinkers present and everything is generally in chronological order so you have no trouble in understanding how philosophy as a whole evolved. The discipline is so vast however that you won’t be able to claim any understanding or real knowledge after reading. Think of this as the trailer. It whets your appetite and generally demystifies the concepts allowing you to decide if you want to do any further reading. There is also a helpful glossary and bibliography.
Ich habe die rund 160 schwarz-weißen Seiten am Stück am Stück gelesen. Die Introduction ist kurzweilig, aber lässt m.E. echte Gags vermissen.
Rund 20 Philosophen werden steckbriefartig vorgestellt, je mit Lebensdaten, Hauptwerk und einem "fun fact".
Der Einleitung folgen sechs Kapitel von ca. 20 Seiten, die je ein eigenes Thema behandeln:
4) Free Will
Heraklit führt den Leser durch den Comic und ist das konstante Element. Die Story des Comics ist eher eine lose Verkettung von Ereignissen, als eine durchgängige Geschichte mit Spannungsbogen usw. Der Zeichenstil ist schlicht, aber nicht unpassend.
Meine Hauptkritik ist, dass jemand, der sich so stark für Philosophie interessiert, dass er nach philosophischen Comics sucht, über das Niveau dieser Einleitung längt hinaus sein dürfte. Das wird auch nicht überraschen, denn besonders viel Text passt in Sprechblasen eben nicht hinein. Selbst Thomas Nagels knapp 90-seitiges Philosophie-Destillat "Was bedeutet das alles?" ist reichhaltiger und nicht weniger spannend geschrieben.
Im Rahmen der Möglichkeiten, die das Format eines Comics bietet, haben die Autoren allerdings gute Arbeit geleistet.
Eine alternative Einführung in die Philosophie im Cartoon-Format wäre sicherlich "Philosophie: Ein Sachcomic".