You Kant Make it Up! : Strange Ideas from History's Great Philosophers, Paperback

You Kant Make it Up! : Strange Ideas from History's Great Philosophers Paperback

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Drawing on the writings of the great philosophers, You Kant Make it Up sends the reader on thrilling, non-stop tour of their most outrageous and counter-intuitive conclusions.

Harry Potter is real. Matter doesn't exist. Dan Brown is better than Shakespeare. All these statements stem from philosophy's greatest minds, from Plato to Nietzsche.

What were they thinking? Overflowing with compelling arguments for the downright strange - many of which are hugely influential today - popular philosopher Gary Hayden shows that just because something is odd, doesn't mean that someone hasn't argued for it.

Spanning ethics, logic, politics, sex and religion, this unconventional introduction to philosophy will challenge your assumptions, expand your horizons, infuriate, entertain and amuse you.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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  • Category: Popular philosophy
  • ISBN: 9781851688456



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This is another book vaguely like the books of philosophy puzzles I was reading, with a very similar structure and tone. It's very simple to understand; it often didn't go beyond my GCSE and A Level Religious Studies classes, and none of it went beyond what I studied in my first year, when I took the first year of a philosophy degree.<br/><br/>On the one hand, it's frustratingly simple and repetitive for someone who knows a good bit about philosophy already, but on the other hand, that would recommend it to beginners. It's well laid out, too; you can skip through it for the stuff you're interested in, letting one idea lead onto another. There's a touch of humour in the whole treatment of it, which might help.

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