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PhiLOLZophy Audiobook

PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses

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Most people shy away from philosophy, thinking of it as a discipline that can only be understood by the intelligentsia. Authors Stockton and Heuer elegantly dispute this prejudice. They argue that we all inevitably engage in critical thinking on a routine basis. They also explain classic philosophical methods and theories through the lens of daily, relatable human experience. These authors manage something miraculous: They render highly abstract ideas accessible in present life without diluting the original meaning. Narrator Theresa McCarthy’s grown-up tone matches the text. McCarthy sounds calm, dispassionate, wise, and wry. Her voice does what the authors hope: She encourages ordinary people to think of themselves as critical thinkers. This book confirms that critical thinking can aid those stumped by tricky circumstances.

Publisher's Summary

A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys. PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses helps its listeners think critically about vodka, religion, and sex - proving that brains do have more fun.

©2013 Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    John Hayes 02-19-14
    John Hayes 02-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "The Worst Example of Critical Thinking I've Seen"

    This is a depressing rant about the problems in this person's life, not a book teaching critical thinking. Using such nuanced arguments as "Really?", this woman repeatedly talks about being smarter than everyone else, taking great pride in every use of profanity, while offering no actual critical thinking arguments. I don't exagerate. It's terrible as a book on philosophy. On a positive note, someone studying to be a psychiatrist would enjoy this as diagnosis material.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    cathy Northampton, MA, United States 02-22-14
    cathy Northampton, MA, United States 02-22-14
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    "Horrible!!"
    What would have made PhiLOLZophy better?

    If the writers had not tried so very hard to be breezy and light, this might have been better. Calling people assholes and swearing a lot isn't necessary.


    What didn’t you like about Theresa McCarthy’s performance?

    sorry- just hated it!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    anger at myself for buying it.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-02-14
    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A waste of time!"
    Would you try another book from Chrissy Stockton and Sarah Heuer and/or Theresa McCarthy?

    This book is not bite sized insights into critical thinking, it is a ego centric ramble from to people who think they have become the center of the universe because they have they have studied philosophy and have insights that no one except them can understand.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time with this book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon MINERAL, VIRGINIA, United States 02-25-14
    Brandon MINERAL, VIRGINIA, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible. I couldn't even finish it."

    This book tries so hard to be funny but falls far short of it's goal, and instead just comes off as annoyingly snarky. It isn't even really about critical thinking, more of a list of common sense, anecdotal tips such as, don't talk back to your boss, don't be rude to people that are grieving, and your boyfriend is a jerk. I got this title as a free promotion and tried to finish many times, but at 60% got so annoyed that I finally came to grips with the fact that the book contained no useful information and gave it up for good. Don't bother with this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 07-07-14
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made PhiLOLZophy better?

    I would have liked for the author to have dug a little deeper and actually gotten philosophical.


    What was most disappointing about Chrissy Stockton and Sarah Heuer ’s story?

    There were just a bunch of random thoughts, without ever seeming to really get philosophical. There seemed to be a lot of whining and a touch of humor. At the end, it just felt like there was very little of value offered.


    Did Theresa McCarthy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There really weren't characters in this book.


    What character would you cut from PhiLOLZophy?

    The author?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ariel GREENCASTLE, PA, United States 04-09-14
    Ariel GREENCASTLE, PA, United States 04-09-14
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    "Glad it was free"
    What was most disappointing about Chrissy Stockton and Sarah Heuer ’s story?

    Overall I found the book offensive. She spoke about life and as if her experience were the only true and genuine ones. As if nothing outside her world could be true or make sense. For some like philosophy that is so broad and theoretical she wrote like her thoughts and experiences were the only valid ones.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this title to anyone. The description offered for the book is very misleading. Unless you want to listen to a few hours of someone telling you that unless you see life exactly as she does then you are uneducated and haven't really thought philosophically about life. It was honestly offensive to me as a woman who considers herself very logically and actually does take time to think about these things to have someone speak as if she was all knowing and had the only worthwhile opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Itamar 03-21-14
    Itamar 03-21-14
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    "Not for me"

    While tarted nice it quickly becomes a paper on how to manage your relationships with your boyfriend or girlfriend and this is not that interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T 03-15-14
    T 03-15-14

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    "Deep but only in a very shallow way"

    Theresa McCarthy did a very good job in her performance - captured the spirit of the book well.
    Cant really recommend the book at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 03-08-14
    Melissa 03-08-14
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    "I'm so glad I DIDN'T buy It."
    What disappointed you about PhiLOLZophy?

    The book invited listeners who love wisdom. Two women were supposed do something more interesting than talk about dead white guys. What is more interesting about swearing at the living?


    Has PhiLOLZophy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. However, if I had college-aged children, I wouldn't send them to the author's Alma Mater.


    What about Theresa McCarthy’s performance did you like?

    If Theresa weren't such a good reader, I wouldn't have found out that an unedited, bad-mood journal entry actually made it into a book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I kept thinking, did I buy this? Why did I buy it? What was I thinking? What did I think it was going to be about? I finally realized I didn't buy it. It was a gift from Audible. At LEAST I didn't buy it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Ellery Houston, TX, United States 02-25-14
    Melissa Ellery Houston, TX, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2016

    A newly made audio book fanatic. If it weren't for this traffic, it would take me a long time to "read" a book! I look forward to grocery shopping alone with my ipod.

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    "All about me:An immature grad student's take"
    What would have made PhiLOLZophy better?

    Leave out the journal writing and your agenda and focus on the critical thinking


    What could Chrissy Stockton and Sarah Heuer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think it's a rewrite.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from PhiLOLZophy?

    I would have tossed it. Title and cover art are fun, but there is too much this is how I see it and the rationale is immature. The citings of philosophy are poorly backed up.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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