Using honesty, enthusiasm, and humor, this book addresses and answers questions posed by readers likely to find it to be a bit peculiar—e.g., hypercritical, somewhat disorienting, and posing more questions than it seems to answer.
It gives examples of a wide variety of thinkers from the ancients—Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Diogenes, Guatama Siddhartha, up to twentieth century thinkers including Wittgenstein, Sartre, Roger Scruton, and Iris Murdoch. Each chapter contains a brief summary of major themes, an introductory student-voiced dialogue, a clarifying discussion, and questions for further reflection. Chapter titles include The Idea of Philosophy; Three Common Temptations; Philosophy as Cultural Criticism; Philosophy as Cultural Conservation; Philosophy and the Labyrinth of Language; Freedom and Self-Determination; and The Search for the Authentic Self.
For anyone who wants to engage in philosophical thinking—to experience first hand the wonder, the temptations, the critical tools, and the pleasure of it.