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Memoar Seorang Filosof: Pengembaraan di Belantara Filsafat

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Filsafat sejati tidak berada dalam berjilid-jilid buku tebal di perpustakaan, ataupun di tengah-tengah ingar-bingar perdebatan filsafat di kampus-kampus ternama. Filsafat sejati lahir dan tumbuh dalam pikiran seorang manusia yang mempertanyakan hakikat jati dirinya dan dunia tempatnya berada.

Paling tidak itulah yang dirasakan Bryan Magee. Se
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Paperback, 812 pages
Published June 2005 by Mizan Pustaka (first published 1997)
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Icarus Phaethon
There's something brilliant and engaging about this book. It's very hard to put down and deserves a wide audience and a long print-run. In my edition, there's a short quote on the front cover from a review in The Times. It simply says "Philosophy made thrilling." That says a lot about this book, but says more about how many authors before have not been able to convey the excitement of philosophy and the absolute need for it in school curricula around the world. Why? Well, after reading this book ...more
Tanja Berg
I have no difficulty understanding why I haven't read this in the 16-17 years this volume has graced my shelves. It's much harder to understand why I bought it in the first place. I must have bought it on a whim, soon after having read "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder. I also had to study philosophy of sorts ("theory of knowledge") in highschool, so maybe I was inspired. This was no good, despite a fairly promising start.

The book is about Bryang Magee's discovery of philosophy and his career
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Bugenhagen
As an informal introduction to philosophy, this was a revelation. Magee provides detail discussion of major philosophical problems through the medium of autobiography, and how each personally affected his life. Thankfully, he uses this primarily as a framework, devoting most of the words to the philosophy itself, breathing life into a subject that is often thought of as stuffy and academic. This style works wonders, but unfortunately Magee becomes more and more undisciplined as the book goes on, ...more
Richard
A pity about the silly title - it's one of the most resolutely and deliberately un-confessional books you can imagine - but this is a brilliant introduction to philosophy that far surpasses any of the thousands of books ever published by academic philosophers under the title "An Introduction to Philosophy." What a terrible shame that this book was (as I understand it) pulped in the US because of a few innocuous paragraphs about Russell's sidekick Ralph Shoenman. "Confessions" deserved a wide aud ...more
Rachel
Although he consistently rubbed me the wrong way with his unabashed love of the Canon and brushes with pretentiousness, his descriptions of his own psychological turmoil and struggle to find meaning in life saved my shit. Who knew I could count an Oxford/Yale-educated, 70-year-old British Wagner-fetishist among my brethren? This is a great book for anyone who knows nothing about Western philosophy but wants to and/or for anyone who "has philosophical problems" (this sounds much more important th ...more
Michael
Magee is a popularizer of philosophy, mostly on television, but with some books also. He describes his personal journey in philosophy and gives us some opinions. He likes Bertrand Russell, Karl Popper, Immanuel Kant and Arthur Schopenhauer, considering Karl Popper as perhaps the most significant philosopher of the 20th century.

He considers art and music to be more intellectual than philosophy; logical positivism and linguistic analysis to be empty (not addressing the primary philosophical issues
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in January 2002.

Brian Magee has spent much of his adult life presenting "highbrow" TV programmes, mainly attempting to popularise philosophy. This book is partly autobiography, and partly short accounts of the ideas of some of the philosophers who have been important in his life.

Having been disturbed by philosophical problems (such as whether the world we see is real) to an unusual extent as a child, Magee studied philosophy. However, he was disillusioned by
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James Lyons
I bought this since someone told me it was a great introduction to philosophy. While Magee does provide a great insight into the progress of philosophy over the centuries I did feel this book could have used some trimming in places; he repeats god-knows-how-many-times his criticisms of Oxford philosophy in the 1950's, as well as perhaps over-deifying Kant's heir Schopenhauer to the neglect of some of the later philosophers like Sartre (I haven't read Schopenhauer though; perhaps the praise is wa ...more
Charles Rouse
Amazing. I'd been hunting for something like this and found it here. Magee's story is fascinating, his elucidation of Kant was transformative for me.
His further adoption of the ideas of Schopenhauer, not so much.
His criticism of professional philosophy is something that the field needs to deal with.
Five stars because I take philosophy seriously and he changed my direction by turning my Kantian suspicions into a more definite affirmation.
And that's important to me.
Good job, Mr Magee.
Derek
This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone interested in philosophy, ideas, or basically intellectual history in the 20th century. In is an intellectual biography of Bryan Magee--an thinker, writer, and television producer. Magee was in the middle of the philosophical community, without being an actual philosopher (in the standard sense of being a professor at the university being paid to teach, research, and write about philosophy). He worked with and among many of the great philosophers ...more
Karna Bimantara
Buku tentang perjalanan seorang filosof Inggris, yang bersentuhan langsung dengan hiruk-pikuk pemikiran, persoalan dan perkembangan filsafat barat. Tidak hanya menyelami pemikiran filosof-filosof barat, tapi juga menyinggung kehidupan pribadi mereka baik yang ia temui secara langsung maupun dari isu-isu hangat yang beredar ketika itu sehingga membuat buku ini lebih berbobot dibanding buku-buku serupa yang mungkin ditulis oleh penulis yang "out of context" yang tidak merasakan "zeitgeist" ketika ...more
Kyle
I regret giving this book only three stars, because I think any layperson interested in modern philosophy would benefit from this book. I marked it down for two reasons. First, this edition suffers from horrible production. Lines of text are missing. I doubt it subtracts materially from the content, but it is nevertheless very annoying. Second, while on the whole the framework of Magee's biography as an exposition of his philosophical explorations works, when he digresses too much into details o ...more
Dan DalMonte
This book communicates a love for philosophy that is contagious. Magee, however, is not a professional philosopher, and so his insight into the subject lacks the credibility of a true scholar. Magee also harps too much on how distorted he thinks the conception of philosophy practiced at Oxford while he was a student is.
CC
I put this on my "read" list not because I read the whole book from cover to cover, but because I'm DONE reading this book. The beginning was interesting (to me as a counselor), but the rest was dryer than stale crackers. I refused to go past chapter 4. I'm so sorry Bryan Magee!
Cameron
This is a substantial book, but is a pleasure to read. I found it inspiring. As a personal quest to illuminate on life's real problems, Magee has critically highlighted his favourite philosophers. He has also been successful in dispelling the belief that philosophers busy themselves with the obscure, rhetorical and/or the esoteric, in their negative senses. Perhaps this is fallout from Magee's greatest gripe, namely the concerns of the 20th Century Oxford analytics. I suspect that writing the bo ...more
Dan
Of all the introductions to philosophy or Western thought that I have read, this one (as an introduction, mind you) is the best (but not thorough -- it excels especially in engendering excitement for the subject). But it IS also a great autobiography and is very well written, allowing for easy and pleasurable reading. Magee is honest and self-effacing, but shows you his cards; that is, he is forthright about his opinions and his approach to all sorts of big, eternal, and important problems/quest ...more
Arys Aditya
Buku ini dalam beberapa hal, mempengaruhi saya dalam membaca buku lain, berpikir, dan menulis. Barangkali buku ini tak dapat menyaingi Confessions karya St Agustinus, tapi keluasan dan pengalaman yang dimiliki Magee, membawa memoar ini ke level yang mengagumkan. Saya sendiri berulang kali membacanya, membawanya ke tempat tidur, mengajaknya nongkrong selama beberapa waktu. Beberapa bagian dari buku ini yang membahas filsuf tertentu bahkan nyaris hafalkan.
Intinya, sebuah pengantar untuk tidak saja
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Shawne
Aug 16, 2007 Shawne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE - okay, philosophy dorks
Shelves: non-fiction
I realise after reading this book that I never really studied, enjoyed or loved philosophy the way I should have when I took the subject in school. More's the pity. But Magee has written a wonderful, complex book, filled with complicated, provocative thoughts and great examinations of philosophers like Schopenhauer and Karl Popper. What one really takes away from this book? How philosophy isn't irrelevant to life, as so many people these days dismiss it, but is the very stuff of life itself - ex ...more
Windyasari Septriani
si kakek tua ini menulis kisah kehidupannya terutama yg menyangkut masalah filsafat, namun dia kalo memberi opini atau kritik terhadap orang lain bahkan orang yg lebih tenar darinya (sebagai sama2 satu profesi) tidak tanggung2, walaupun setelah itu (entah krn menyadari bahwa prestasi orang yg dikiritiknya di atas dia) akhirnya dia pun memuji beberapa kebaikan dari orang yg dikritiknya tadi, seolah2 beliau meminta maaf atas kritik sebelumnya yg terlampau tajam walau bukan berarti kritikannya dita ...more
Steven Williams
Better overview of philosophy out there.
Randy
Read this one when I was full-swing in my wanting-to-become-philosopher phase. Like the memoir-esque Molecules of Emotion that analogously looks at the maturation of a molecular/cell biologist, the glamour is all in retrospect and never as glorious as it seems. Basically, this book sapped me of any desire to actually be a philosopher -- at least of the variety that goes back to school for the claim.
Joel
I had never heard of Magee before I read this book (apparently, he is a big popularizer of philosophy in the UK), but I thought that he was a very good writer and reading this book motivated me to read some more philosophy. This book seems more like an intro to philosophy book than an autobiography but Magee does provide personal tidbits thoughout which makes the reading more enjoyable.
Alex Kartelias
His summaries and critiques of Popper, Kant, Plato, logical- positivism, and Schopenhauer are illuminating. I gained a deeper fascination with metaphysics but, I wish he could have talked less about himself and more about philsophy. However, this book will make anyone interested in philosophy hungry to read the philosophers he discusses.
Hilal
Buku ini memberikan informasi yang bagus mengenai konteks perkembangan dan kejayaan Filsafat Analitik di Inggris.

Penulisnya berusaha memberikan gambaran yang baik mengenai perjumpaannya dengan Filsafat Bahasa Biasa, Atomisme Logis, dan Positivisme Logis, berikut juga kritiknya terhadap ketiganya.
Brian
This book is a great personal account of the study of the history of ideas. A fantastic introduction to some of the great philosophers and their major contributions. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and, though I wish I would have found it earlier in life, know I will re-read it several times.
Crbianfool
I literally could not recommend this book with enough praise to do justice to it. It is a superlative effort, fascinating in every sense of the term. If you are at all interested in philosophy this is a fantastic book that will keep you flipping the pages until it sadly must end.
Mansour


Magee begins by telling us how he experienced philosophy from the time he was a little boy growing up and how as he grows up, he comes across different philosophers and describes his assessment of their philsophies.a little like a story book based on philosophy.

Must be read.
Brendan
Brian Magee writes about and teaches philosophy. Here, he tells how he developed his ideas and his understanding of the ideas of major philosophers.Very interesting. See also 'The Great Philosophers'.
Jennifer
This book is slow-going. While the pace is slow it makes western philosophy more easily understandable - and interesting.
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Bryan Edgar Magee is a noted British broadcasting personality, politician, poet, and author, best known as a popularizer of philosophy.

Magee's most important influence on society remains his efforts to make philosophy accessible to the layman. Transcripts of his television series "Men of Ideas" are available in published form in the book Talking Philosophy. This book provides a readable and wide-r
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“Like the character Moliere who discovered to his astonishment that he had been speaking prose all his life, I discovered to my astonishment that I had been immersed in philosophical problems all my life. And I had been drawn into the same problems as great philosophers by the same felt need to make sense of the world...The chief difference between me and them, of course, was that whereas they had something to offer by way of solutions to the problems, I had failed even to formulate very rich or sophistocated versions of the problems, let alone work my way through to defensible solutions for them. In consequence I fell on their work like a starving man on food, and it has done a geat deal to nourish and sustain me ever since.” 11 likes
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