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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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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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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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  • Trevor
  • 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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  • 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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  • philip murray
  • 01-05-15

Good book

Nice and easy to understand. Recommend it. But writing the review is a pain in the gluteus maximus ok ok

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  • Rachel
  • 07-08-13

Clear without being patronising

If you could sum up 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need To Know in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, intelligent, concise

Who was your favorite character and why?

Socrates

What about Laurence Kennedy’s performance did you like?

clear and pleasant to listen to

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

no but it was all interesting

Any additional comments?

none

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  • Gustav
  • 06-17-12

A gem of a book

OK, the narrator is a bit dry, but hey, we are talking philosophy here. But, the book is not dry at all! In fact, it is juicy with ideas that will blow your head right open. Well worth the credit and the best philosophy overview book I've found to date.

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  • Richard
  • 04-01-11

Thought provoking

Philosophy originally meant the love of wisdom. Ben Dupre is definitely extremely knowledgeable on the subject of Philosophers and their thoughts and does show understanding, and I have learnt some new ideas and concepts in the book. From the utilitarian Felicific Calculus view it was extremely pleasurable. J.S. Mill said (as quoted in the book) 'The life of Socrates disatisfied is better than a fool satisfied.' and this fool is well satisfied. Maybe Ben Dupre is extremely dissatisfied.

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  • Richard
  • 01-16-11

Hard work

If I was learning 50 philosphical ideas to quote from at GCSE, maybe this would be useful if uninspiring. But as a book, it doesnt work. As a list of bullet points with just the right amount of information on each, it's great.

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