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Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher e-book

Author:

nicholas-fearn

Language:

English

Category:

Politics

Subcategory:

Philosophy

ePub size:

1684 kb

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Rating:

4.3

Publisher:

Atlantic Books (2001)

Pages:

192

ISBN:

1903809134

Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher e-book

by nicholas-fearn


It doesn't really teach you how to think like a philosopher, but it still entertains and enlightens. Zeno's parable argues that no matter how fast Achilles runs he can never overtake the tortoise as he must first draw level with it. An interesting thought.

It doesn't really teach you how to think like a philosopher, but it still entertains and enlightens. 3 people found this helpful.

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Nicholas Fearn displays a healthy impatience with the complications of philosophy in Zeno and the Tortoise, says .

Nicholas Fearn displays a healthy impatience with the complications of philosophy in Zeno and the Tortoise, says Nicholas Lezard. But what makes this book most trustworthy is the way Fearn does not overstate the case for his subject, and bears in mind the words and precepts of Wittgenstein, which put philosophy into perspective, and also tie up neatly with Socrates' assertion that he was the most ignorant of men. "Philosophy leaves everything as it is," said Wittgenstein, and even if Fearn doesn't quote that exact remark, he still cites enough by him which is in that vein.

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Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher. For those who don’t know the difference between Lucretius’s spear and Hume’s fork, Zeno and the Tortoise explains not just who each philosopher was and what he thought, but exactly how he came to think in the way he did.

Adam Carter browses through Nicholas Fearn’s introduction to philosophy .

Adam Carter browses through Nicholas Fearn’s introduction to philosophy for bartenders who wear baseball caps. With a grade-school like reptile on the cover, Zeno and the Tortoise is not for the PhDs and third-year grad students.

Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher. Zeno and the Tortoise - Nicholas Fearn. The object is to show not merely what the great philosophers thought, but to demonstrate how they thought

Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher. The object is to show not merely what the great philosophers thought, but to demonstrate how they thought. Some philosophers, such as William of Ockham and Gilbert Ryle, bequeathed ideas with very specific applications while others such as Thales and Nietzsche are included here for their general approaches and methods. What follows is not an exhaustive inventory, and many great thinkers are left out.

Think of Zeno and the Tortoise as a toolbox for aspiring thinkers. Recently, I picked up this marvelous text. What I like is how each chapter focuses on one philosopher and a particular "tool". For example, Fearns begins at the beginning with Thales and talks about the strengths and weaknesses of reductive explanations (Thales believed that everything was made of water).

Fearn presents philosophy as a collection of tools-the tricks of a trade that, in the end, might just be all tricks.

For those who don't know the difference between Lucretius's spear and Hume's fork, "Zeno and the Tortoise" explains not just who each philosopher was, but exactly how he came to think in the way he did. Fearn presents philosophy as a collection of tools-the tricks of a trade that, in the end, might just be all tricks. 6 people like this topic.

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