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Action Philosophers! (edition 2009)

by Fred Van Lente, Ryan Dunlavey (Illustrator)

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Title:Action Philosophers!
Authors:Fred Van Lente
Other authors:Ryan Dunlavey (Illustrator)
Info:Evil Twin Comics (2009), Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Philosophy, Your library, Favorites
Rating:*****
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Will be of particular usefulness for anyone seeking an accessible overview of the more modern philosophers (Joseph Campbell was a surprise; the treatment here of Derrida is as close as I'd ever want to get). Not necessarily always an easy read -- in order to cover some of the personalities accurately, the discussion must veer dangerously close to the obscure paths of the originals -- but well worth the effort. The historical details are often of particular usefulness to put the thinking into proper context. ( )
  dono421846 | Nov 3, 2013 |
Some part of this book are mad genius, others fell flat for me. Also, I didn't notice until nearly the end, but this could be just as easily called Boys' Own Philosophers - there are almost no women (I know, partly a problem with the discipline itself), and the few women included are MUCH more likely to be portrayed with more attention to their love affairs than their ideas, compared to the men - I mean, seriously, Ayn Rand's comic is all about the Nathaniel Branden thing, but the Sartre story doesn't even MENTION Simone de Beauvoir??? Once??? C'mon...

_You're a Good Man, John Stuart Mill_ still has me chuckling though.

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  maribou | May 6, 2013 |
Somewhat Philosophy 101, Something a history lesson on subversive ideas having to overcome great adversity to be renowned (or in the rare case becoming a saint for them) this is an irreverent approach to the basics of philosophy told in a comical graphic novel way illuminating the lives of the great's including Plato, Bodhidharma, Hume, Nietzsche, Freud, Thomas Jefferson, and Kant. ( )
  TakeItOrLeaveIt | Mar 28, 2011 |
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"Of the first philosophers," writes the first real historian of philosophy, Aristotle, "most thought the principles which were of the nature of matter were the only principles of all things."
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Imagine Plato as a wrestling superstar of ancient Greece, Nietzsche as the original ubermensch, and Bohidharma as the grand master of kung fu. These are not just great thinkers they also make great comics. Action Philosophers details the lives and thoughts of history's A-list brain trust in hip and humorous comic book fashion. All nine issues of the award-winning, best-selling comic book series have been collected into a single volume, making this a comprehensive cartoon history of ideas from pre-Socratics to Jacques Derrida, including four new stories. You'll never have more fun getting the real scoop on the big ideas that have made the world the mess we live in today! Tom Morris (Author of Philosophy for Dummies, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, and If Harry Potter Ran General Electric).

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In graphic novel format, explains the theories of various philosophers through humorous examples and anecdotes.

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