• 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need To Know

  • By: Ben Dupre
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-04-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (116 ratings)

Regular price: $11.35

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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.
©2007 Ben Dupre (P)2008 Quercus
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sam Motes on 09-02-13

Good overview

Good brief overview of key thought leaders in Philosophy and what their contributions were to the field. The 50 ideas series I find very informative for a general over view that then helps me to focus my future reading list and 50 Philosophy Ideas was up to the challenge.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Scott G. on 09-02-12

No Usable Information

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book is just a list of philosphy ideas, with very short descriptions of each. I suppose this might be useful for someone reviewing for a test, but as an audiobook it just has no purpose.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Trevor on 11-05-10

didn't deliver

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-22-16

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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