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The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy
by Michael F. Patton and Kevin Cannon


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The most entertaining and engaging philosophy class you'll ever take
In "The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy, "Michael F. Patton and Kevin Cannon introduce us to the grand tradition of examined living. With the wisecracking Heraclitus as our guide, we travel down the winding river of philosophy, meeting influential thinkers from nearly three millennia of Western thought and witnessing great debates over everything from ethics to the concept of the self to the nature of reality.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The most entertaining and engaging philosophy class you'll ever take
In "The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy, "Michael F. Patton and Kevin Cannon introduce us to the grand tradition of examined living. With the wisecracking Heraclitus as our guide, we travel down the winding river of philosophy, meeting influential thinkers from nearly three millennia of Western thought and witnessing great debates over everything from ethics to the concept of the self to the nature of reality.

Combining Cannon's playful artistry and Patton's humorous, instructive prose, "The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy" puts the fun back into the quest for fundamental truths, imparting a love of wisdom to anyone willing to grab a paddle and join the ride.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780809033621
  • ISBN-10: 0809033623
  • Publisher: Hill & Wang
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 176


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

Like many nonfiction graphic novels written by non-comic writers, philosophy professor Patton’s wordy text drives the narrative. But Cannon’s (The Stuff of Life) art transcends what could have been a second-place relationship to keep this textbook-like explanation of the key thinkers of history visually entertaining. Heraclitus takes the reader on a canoe trip down the River of Philosophy (complete with charming talking fish) as a way to introduce the exploration of six key areas—logic, perception, minds, free will, the existence of God, and ethics—and the famous thinkers who made key discoveries in each. Early on, it’s noted that women aren’t part of the “accepted canon,” which consists of well-known male philosophers who each get a brief, half-page biographical snapshot. Otherwise, the concept-based structure, which incorporates ideas from across eras, is welcoming and understandable to the casual reader, accompanied by Cannon’s sometimes-funny, sometimes-insightful visual metaphors. The sequence illustrating mind-body interaction, with a little Leibniz sitting on Descartes’s head and holding a ship’s wheel, is particularly amusing. Moreover, it helps the ideas stick with the reader, as do the glossary and bibliography for more in-depth reading. (Apr.)

 
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