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Publisher's Summary

The empirical sciences make assumptions that they are not themselves capable of justifying. Philosophy justifies those assumptions; that is its job.
©2015 J.-M. Kuczynski (P)2016 J.-M. Kuczynski
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By Avi on 09-26-16

genius

What made the experience of listening to Philosophical Knowledge the most enjoyable?

It was so skillfully written, almost poetic, but focused at the same time

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

sensitive and yet intelligent; the narrator understood the material but also made it breathe

Have you listened to any of Norma Jean Gradsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

she is always good

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

the two different roles of sense perception in the acquisition of knowledge

Any additional comments?

the author is beyond brilliant, and I don't know why the narrator isn't famous. they're both cracking good.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By SCOTT on 09-26-16

A perfect work, perfectly narrated

What made the experience of listening to Philosophical Knowledge the most enjoyable?

I learned about epistemology, sociology, and psychology in one sitting!

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

It was both logical and human.

Have you listened to any of Norma Jean Gradsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

She is always brilliant. She seems very at home with Kuczynski's work, even though she is known for her acting.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The part about how philosophy departments are really anti-philosophy departments.

Any additional comments?

this book is the work of a master, and the narrator is truly a giant.

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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Parvez on 09-28-16

analyzing analysis

What did you like most about Philosophical Knowledge?

that it was both analytical and understatedly passionate

What was one of the most memorable moments of Philosophical Knowledge?

the part where boris kment is being discussed

What does Norma Jean Gradsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

she brings out the emotion beneath the books spock-like exterior

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the discussion of strawson's expressivism

Any additional comments?

yes, the analysis of the sociology of philosophical knowledge was blistering and true

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By WILLIAM on 10-17-16

Great for beginners.

this book is great for teaching you what philosophy is and how it works ect. This book doesn't give you anything to think about or ponder after its completion.
overall an amazing book, teaches you very well and gives a great bases for further exploration.

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