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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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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

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

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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best philosophical work on audible

Would you consider the audio edition of Philosophical Knowledge to be better than the print version?

yes. it is so gracefully written, which you don't realize until you hear it.

What other book might you compare Philosophical Knowledge to and why?

schopenhauer's essays, because they are both thoughtful and literary

What about Norma Jean Gradsky’s performance did you like?

she hit every note right on the nose. just perfect!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes. long but never, ever boring. every sentence was just perfect. it flowed.

Any additional comments?

a truly great work. i'm hooked on this author!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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the truth about philosophy and philosophy departme

Would you consider the audio edition of Philosophical Knowledge to be better than the print version?

yes, I had to hear it to realize how good it is

What other book might you compare Philosophical Knowledge to and why?

no comparison; kuczynski is the only philosopher who is a psychoanalyst and the only psychoanalyst who is a philosopher.

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

the talent of a true actress, a real actress, like glenn close or betty davis

If you could give Philosophical Knowledge a new subtitle, what would it be?

the sociology of truth

Any additional comments?

if you are thinking of going to grad school in philosophy, read this book.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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good book, great narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Philosophical Knowledge to be better than the print version?

yes, it's written in a sort of literary way, not like other philosophy books, you have to hear it

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

the discussion of the academy, how it's rancid. funny, true

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

a kind of understated learnedness, grandmotherly friendliness. good voice over person

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

that much knowledge is 'triggered' by perception

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loved it, witty, like all of k's stuff

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silky, professional

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

it was so smoothly reasoned, so well narrated, every word was just where it was supposed to be. and the narration...just fabulous!

What did you like best about this story?

the discussion of the 'triggering' role of sense-perception in the acquisition of knowledge

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

controlled lyricism

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

well worth it

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  • Parvez
  • 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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  • WILLIAM
  • 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.