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by Robert C. Solomon

ISBN: 0879757531
ISBN13: 978-0879757533
Language: English
Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (June 1, 1992)
Pages: 353
Category: Essays and Correspondence
Subategory: Literature

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Robert C. Solomon (September 14, 1942 – January 2, 2007) was an American professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught for more than 30. .Entertaining Ideas (Prometheus Books, 1970). Ethics and Excellence (Oxford, 1992).

Robert C. Solomon (September 14, 1942 – January 2, 2007) was an American professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught for more than 30 years. Ethics: A Short Introduction (Brown & Benchmark, 1993).

Entertaining Ideas book. You are cordially invited to join in a fascinating romp through many of the sticky intellectual brambles that have tantalized the human mind for centuries.

About Robert C. Solomon. G. Lee Bowie received a P. in Philosophy from Stanford University and has taught at University of Michigan, University of Mass, Amherst College, and Hampshire College. Currently he is Professor of Philosophy at Mount Holyoke College. Customers Also Bought Items By. Plato.

Entertaining Ideas will captivate the curious and positively unnerve all those who believe that good ideas have to be dull, boring, and impossible to understand

ISBN 10: 0879757531, ISBN 13: 9780879757533. Published by Prometheus Books, 1992. Condition: Collectible: Very Good Soft cover. Entertaining Ideas will captivate the curious and positively unnerve all those who believe that good ideas have to be dull, boring, and impossible to understand. Ideas give life meaning, he declares; they are as natural and urgently needed as food or sex.

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If you did not find the book or it was closed, try to find it on the site: GO. Exact matches. Ars Notoria : The Notory Art of Solomon. Robert Turner (trans. Download (PDF). Читать. In Defense of Sentimentality (The Passionate Life). Solomon is the Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of, among many other books, From Hegel to Existentialism

Robert C. He is the author of, among many other books, From Hegel to Existentialism. Kathleen M. Higgins is a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Nietzsche's Zarathustra. Together, Solomon and Higgins have written A Short History of Philosophy and Reading Nietzsche.

This delightful collection of fifty witty and insightful essays is written for real people in plain language by an internationally respected philosopher who is well-known for his efforts to "popularize" philosophy.Originally published in newspapers and popular magazines, these essays are presented to "elicit the joy of reflection," to provoke argument and intimacy, and to encourage understanding. Robert Solomon's aim is to make philosophy accessible and fun for everyone. You are cordially invited to join in a fascinating romp through many of the sticky intellectual brambles that have tantalized the human mind for centuries. Read about: "Becoming a Philosopher," "What's Wrong with Sentimentality?", "The Game of Love," "The Politics of Sleep," "Are the Three Stooges Funny?", "Righteous Food," "The One-Minute Moralist," "In Defense of Kitsch," "The New Illiteracy," "Are Ethics Courses Useful?", "Professors Riot: Kill Moby Dick," and much more.Entertaining Ideas will captivate the curious and positively unnerve all those who believe that good ideas have to be dull, boring, and impossible to understand.
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Fast Lovebird
Solomon presents a wonderfully well-rounded collection of previously published articles from Spinoza to snuggling.

shustrik
I don't like writing the first review of a book when I'm writing a critical review. I worry that I'm only telling one side of a story, and for a book as old as this one (published 1992), I worry that my one-sided, critical review will always be the only one. So I apologize.

Let me begin with a general complaint before I get specific. I expected thoughtful and thought-provoking philosophical essays and instead I got fluff. I didn't expect the essays to be as personal as they are. Almost all of the essays are short, light and not well-developed. They are the kind of discussions you might have with a friend over a single cup of coffee and you're in a hurry to leave.

Since this is the only review, I'll try to be my own devil's advocate. The title of the book is "Entertaining Ideas." This suggests that the essays will be light and my expectations were at fault. Fair enough. But in my opinion the essays are too light even to be entertaining. If I'm not going to be asked to think about philosophy, then at least I should be entertained by philosophy, and this book does not live up to its title. The author's personal views on various topics would not entertain me even if we were drinking coffee. I might even feel annoyed that the person talking to me was spoiling the quiet I might otherwise have enjoyed. If I didn't know the author was a professor of philosophy, and if I didn't know these were supposed to be "philosophical essays," I wouldn't classify them as such. I would regard them as short summaries of opinions and views. Devil's advocate: There's nothing wrong with opinions and views; they can be very entertaining. Many people may find these essays entertaining and thought-provoking, and may feel inspired to think about their own opinions and views. Also, who's to say where to draw the line between opinions, views and philosophy? I'm willing to concede that these essays fall in the grey area.

To get specific I'll discuss a sample essay, Essay 9, The Awful Truth (about "Secular Humanism"). I happen to be a secular humanist, and I didn't appreciate the author's simplistic and distorted description of what it is. Of this essay, the author notes: "This was written at the height of the 'Moral Majority' campaign against 'secular humanism' in the early eighties and soon after the publication of my book 'History and Human Nature,' in which I myself inveighed against 'humanism.' Several years ago, I completed a study attacking 'humanism,' a doctrine that I found oddly bland and arrogant at the same time."

I could write as many words as the essay itself explaining what I think the author gets wrong about secular humanism, and what he gets wrong about religious and secular values. And because the author complicates things by proclaiming he is a humanist himself, I'd have to write more words to make a really good case. But I just realized it isn't worth it. For now, you'll just have to accept that, as a secular humanist myself, I don't think the author gets secular humanism or the fundamental differences between religious and secular values and why they matter so much. In any case, that's a lot to ask for from a three-page essay.

Don't get me wrong; I enjoy views that differ from my own. I don't dislike the essay just because the author and I have different views. For me it's enjoyable to read different views that make me think and reconsider. But in this case the author isn't just different; he's just "wrong." That must sound arrogant, and I'm sorry. But if I heard someone talking like this over coffee, he'd have to be someone I like before I'd bother correcting all of his misconceptions (you always hurt the ones you love).

I feel funny saying this because I'm an engineer and the author is a professor of philosophy. Who am I to say the emperor is wearing no clothes? If someone reads my review, reads this book, and wants to talk with me about Essay 9, I'm game. I'll set you right. Or maybe you'll set me right. :-)

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