Waxing Philosophical


The Story Of Philosophy by Will Durant

A Philosophy Classic

Ever since I read The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant during my sophomore year of high school (when I was supposed to be paying attention in geometry class), philosophy and philosophers have fascinated me.

Philosophy in Everyday Life

A book I found on the new book shelf last week reawakened my interest: Breakfast with Socrates: An Extraordinary (Philosophical) Journey Through Your Ordinary Day by Robert Rowland Smith. Move through your "ordinary" day accompanied by Socrates, Marx, Hegel, and countless other thinkers both ancient and contemporary.

Plato And A Platypus Walk Into A Bar-- : Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart

Funny Philosophy

This book made me think back to another one I enjoyed a couple of years back: Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart. There's a weekly radio show on KALW 91.7 FM called Philosophy Talk that attempts--and often does--with philosophy what Car Talk does with automobiles (although I do admit I'd rather hear Click and Clack discuss the Hegelian Dialectic).

Teen Idol, Sartre

From Will and Ariel Durant I moved on to Jean-Paul Sartre and became one of those unfortunate creatures...a teenage Existentialist. I thought I was the only one, but I recently ran into someone who read Sartre in the original French at age 17 (you know who you are!).

And so, on an absurdist note I close with this YouTube clip of "Philosopher's Song" from Monty Python (Live at the Hollywood Bowl):


Author Bio:

Joe Toschik is a Public Services Librarian.


Waxing philosophical

Some more popular philosophy may be found in: The Socrates Cafe http://www.smcl.org/en/catalog/record/1323747 and Six Questions Of Socrates : A Modern-day Journey Of Discovery Through World Philosophy http://www.smcl.org/en/catalog/record/1166574 both by Christopher Phillips. Phillips ran a "Socrates cafe" for students at Skyline College a few years ago. I was another teenage philosophy nut. Some favorites: The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky http://www.smcl.org/en/catalog/record/1607932, Six Great Dialogues, by Plato http://www.smcl.org/en/catalog/record/1753594 The Rebel : An Essay On Man In Revolt, by Albert Camus http://www.smcl.org/en/catalog/record/1285652

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