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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
Paperback, 812 pages
Published June 2005 by Mizan Pustaka (first published 1997)
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Icarus Phaethon
Jan 23, 2013 Icarus Phaethon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2014 Tanja Berg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
May 14, 2013 Bugenhagen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2011 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2007 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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
Simon Mcleish
Jan 14, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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
Aug 07, 2014 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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
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
Nov 06, 2014 Charles Rouse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Karna Bimantara
Oct 17, 2012 Karna Bimantara rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 11, 2013 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brian Martin
Jul 24, 2015 Brian Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very accessible and smart introduction to philosophy. Not all of it is easy - Kant never is - but it's the best summary description of Kant I've ever come across. I think it's Magee's conversational style that makes this work so accessible. The word "confessions" in the title is a bit misleading as the book is only minimally personal. This book is very much worth your while for even the already initiated to philosophy.
Jul 21, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magee writes, as ever, in a pellucid style. he wears his formidable learning lightly and with a certain self-deprecating humour. The real subject of this autobiographical work, though, is the way in which Magee has been moved by ideas, by grand theories and by writers whom other philosophers in the anglo-saxon school have relegated to the margins of academic philosophies. A most enjoyable and absorbing personal account.
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.
Feb 20, 2014 CC rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Nov 13, 2013 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2010 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2013 Arys Aditya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
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
Aug 16, 2007 Shawne rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Dec 01, 2014 Woutervangysel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aasem Bakhshi
Proved to be an absolute page-turner almost like a paperback thriller taking away your sleep. Magee simply skips the usual first class philosophical claptrap and takes you right into the heart of philosopher. His ability to see through the texts and patience to spend time with them in order to truly reach under their skin is amazing. The expositions of Kant, Schopenhauer and Popper are truly exceptional and the character sketches of Russell and Popper are a bonus.
Sep 07, 2007 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 28, 2008 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2013 Alex Kartelias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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.
Dec 10, 2011 Hilal rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 17, 2013 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 14, 2010 Crbianfool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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.” 12 likes
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