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Philosopher's Quest
Irwin Edman
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Philosopher's Quest

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Brandon Peele
Oct 12, 2011 Brandon Peele rated it really liked it
Excellent collection of short stories (most of them true), taking one into the life of a philosopher, as he contemplates the Divine, interacts with luminaries from other fields (business, law, medicine, journalism and even a Nazi). I loved each essay, but especially like "The Unconvinced" and "The Distracted". I recommend this as 1. an introduction to philosophy, as its simply written and brings one into the life of a professional thinker, and 2. to people more familiar with philosophy, as it ...more
Oct 14, 2013 Doug rated it really liked it
True hardcover, cloth-bound, and typeset the old-fashioned way. Reading is not merely visual; it is tactile, and this delivers the goods.

"This late and yellowed now" is just one of the gems of phrasing here. The chapter The Undistracted is most germane to today's hyperactive, attention-deficit society. And there is no small measure of poignancy in the late 1940s hope for a United Nations which will guarantee the peace, obviously a failure now.

Edman's portrayal of a smug psychiatrist who claims
Aug 28, 2012 Vegetarian rated it it was amazing
I read this in college. One of my roommates strongly (a psychology major who shifted to aging research - at the cellular level) recommended it strongly.

It pairs nicely (but not that effectively) with Philosopher's Holiday (where the philosopher and his wife travel throughout Europe).

I was charmed with how the philosopher's wife was concerned that her husband would change when he assumed national visibility through TV and radio interviews, assuming public positions on many issues that hadn't been
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