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Letters on the last 3000 years of western philosophy
Reviewed in India on 22 October 2018
This book has been printed and reprinted many times over. If you are a philosophy enthusiast it is a must read, and likely you have already read it. But what about the others, should you read it if you just have an oblique interest in philosophy? is it a good gift?
It reads as a child of 14-15 reading letters from a mystery sender of postcards and letters. Through her story the plot leads you through the world of the ultimate whys - philosophy
Who is it good for:
I would recommend it to anyone above 15.
Is it a good gift:
Gift it to someone who you know is an avid reader or a deep thinker. Perhaps yourself. (This is not for the casual reader)
What does it cover:
It covers mostly western philosophy. Through the eyes of various philosophers it tries to weave a story. I have attached pictures of the contents so that you get an idea of which philosophers it covers. Nietzsche and Kant who are pre-eminent in today's world are perhaps given slightly less importance. Also given little coverage are economic philosophies like laissez faire. Given the authors slant, i felt a bit of criticism on the free market was due. But then again this is not a text book, so i'm not complaining.
I found the lack of eastern philosophy worrying. Almost like even philosophers in the west are not aware of our great eastern philosophers. Perhaps we need to write a book like this ourselves - taking our philosophy to the masses and to the world - in a common language and not sanskrit.
Conclusion : In over the 500 odd books that i might have read, there are few books in which i've taken as many notes as i did in this one. Don't get me wrong, it is not a slow read. It is extremely fast, and yet has so much information. I read this book over a year back, and as i read back through the notes, i can see how many thoughts of my own the book inspired. Perhaps what every great book should do - inspire wonder.