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This illustrated primer on philosophy is a great way to be introduced to a complex topic. In her easily accessible style, Margreet de Heer visualizes the history of Western philosophy and makes it approachable for those with little knowledge of the subject. The book explains the thoughts of philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, and Nietzsche, ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by NBM Publishing (first published March 1st 2010)
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Beatrice
I read this book in Portuguese and in one sitting. I love its metafictional quality, the way the author defines philosophy according to the words of others and then applies it to the development of her comics. Very contemplative, carefully crafted, and thought provoking. Really glad that I read it, and I hope to look further into the philosophical concepts touched on in this.
Sowmya
Not quite as impressive as the other one in Discovery in comics series - on Science. However, it is still a good attempt. It became too autobiographical at a few points, but I think this also qualifies as a good gift book for teenagers and provides a good overview on early and modern western philosophy
Ian Pindar
Philosophy: a discovery in comics

I really enjoyed this book.

It gives great illustrated overview of the historical development of Western Philosophy in a fun way. I particularly liked the way it linked religion and philosophy and how the author related it to her own friends and personal experience.

It is not possible to cover all philosophers, but I was a bit disappointed that Bertrand Russell and Schrödinger did not feature.

This is an ideal introductory book for anyone that is interested in Phil
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John
Cute and simplistic, it does a good job providing a baseline understanding of what philosophy has aimed to do and why that is important. It provides the briefest of biographies and overviews of a lineage that goes from Socrates to Aquinas, covers the trio of early modern philosophers (Erasmus, Spinoza, and Descartes) active in the Netherlands, and summarizes the philosophies & philosophers that guide a few friends and families. A very quick read that intends to spark interest rather than sat ...more
Suzanne
So I thought this book would interest my oldest in some philosophers she has yet to read. Instead, I got to listen to my eight year-old explain, rather cogently, Plato's cave at the dinner table. Any book that can explain basic philosophical concepts and theories to a curious elementary school student is a winner. If you've already read most of the big name philosophers, you don't need this book - but there's probably someone in your life who does.
Gentle
This comic book covered an amazingly wide range of philosophical information. The book covers famous philosophers and their work, major events, and philosophy in general. The comic images were funny, well-drawn, and very relevant to the information being covered on each page. I enjoyed reading this book and think it would work well as an introduction to philosophy for young people or anyone who has never studied the subject.
Ward
Toen ik dit boek tegenkwam, kon ik niet vermoeden dat het zo goed zou zijn, als dat het in werkelijkheid is. Ik ben een grote fan geworden van het werk van de striptekenares en schrijfster Margreet de Heer. De humor spat er werkelijk vanaf, en ondertussen leer je ook nog eens filosofie. Ik zie niet in waarom dit boek niet als inleiding in de filosofie kan dienen, zowel voor kinderen als voor volwassenen. Het overtreft alle vergelijkbare werkjes (denk bijv. aan 'Filosofie voor jonge denkers') in ...more
Stewart Tame
Fun book, very reminiscent of Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Universe in some ways. Folks who think of philosophy as an intimidating subject will likely appreciate this stripped-down introduction to the topic. Heer helps demystify the whole thing, makes it almost user-friendly. This isn't intended to be an exhaustive history or anything. She covers the basics, gives examples of philosophy on a sort of everyday level, and encourages the curious to read further. I found this book thoroughly ...more
Thom Foolery
This was an impulse selection at the Champaign Public Library, and by the time I got to it, my wife and daughter had already both read it multiple times. We all loved this book—I thought the approach to the subject matter was great, the artwork supported the text, the coloring was subtle, and the emphasis throughout was on the personal, transformative nature of philosophy. I think everyone would benefit from reading this book, not just kids and young adults.
Melle
Apr 21, 2014 Melle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: precociously intellectual upper elementary and middle schoolers
I was hoping for more educational tidbits and historical trivia about a greater array of philosophers, but this is more a story of the author's discovery of and delving into her ideas and thoughts on philosophy. Not bad but I was hoping for something deeper.
Kat
Disclaimer: I received this book as part of a FirstReads Giveaway

I thoroughly enjoyed this comic book. The art style is cute and fairly easy to read and follow, and it suits the tone of what is being said quite well. Another advantage is that most pages are distinct in message, so it is fairly easy to pick up or put down at any point. While too short to be a comprehensive history and summary of philosophy, it makes up for its brevity by being genuinely thought-provoking. If the book has an overa
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Vicki Cline
My local library has a rather large collection of graphic novels, which I don't usually read, but this one looked interesting. She covers this history of philosophical thought, concentrating on a few philosophers from each era, and explains their thoughts using pictures (naturally) as well as words. It was really quite enjoyable as well as a fast read.
Amanda Coppedge
Thought-provoking intro to philosophy. Recommended for teens. If you want a more in-depth graphic novel look at philosophy, I highly recommend The More Than Complete Action Philosophers!.
NotSoLittleWitch
/I received a free copy from the First Reads/

I am generally quite enthusiastic when it comes to comics and graphic novels. But the idea of showing the most important philosophers and philosophical questions in a comics, mixed with personal opinions and experiences was more than good. I really find it brilliant and i would recommend it to anyone interested in philosophy - for those who knoww a lot it will be a relaxed evening with a funny and well drawn comic and for those who have no idea about
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Jane
good historic view of philosophy.
Ild Flue
Hi!
I love your work. I find it so well done, so amusing and cleaver, that I had to tell you thank you so much for such a good job!
I work us a hands and crafts, and ethics teacher in a college. Since I found you I often see myself thinking about your drawings as the best explanation to many things I talk to my students.
Hope you continue working for many years so we feel so lucky to have you drawing for making everyday life easier and better.

Cheers,Menchu
Stacey
Interesting take on philosophy
Emma Moulton


I won this book through first reads. I'm so pleased I did. It's an amazing book. It makes you think of things you wouldn't really think of. If you're thinking about getting the book, do!
Julie
This is a nice companion to Margaret de Heer's other comic. I would like to see more of her work in the future. Particularly nice in this one is the addition of personal philosophies.
Emilia P
Just fine. Didn't have a kick/cohesiveness that would have made it fantastic. But adorably bouncy. I think short strips by her could be really good.
taeli
finished 1/27/13

A nice, illustrated book that gives some basics and background on some of Western philosophy's big names and their theories.
Linda
Leuk boek om een iets helderder beeld te krijgen van de westerse filosofie.
Shiva Seven
fast,simple,fun and informative!
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Margreet de Heer lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with her husband Yiri T. Kohl and two cats. A long time ago, she studied Theology at the University of Amsterdam, but through divine intervention she ended up being a comic artist. She worked at the famous comic store Lambiek from 2000 until 2005, and wrote a book about Dutch comics together with Kees Kousemaker.

Since 2005 she is a f
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