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Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  52 reviews
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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Branden Rothenberg
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who needs lecture halls? Read this comic book instead!
One of the most unorthodox history lessons I have ever experienced, Philosophy a Discovery in Comics, takes a swing at teaching the essentials of deep thinking to a younger generation and hits a home run; this comic masterfully combines intricate concepts with illustrations to bring clarity to a topic that is underappreciated and misunderstood today. The success of this book stems from its ability to appeal to such a vast audience of all ages
Ian Pindar
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 Phi
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.
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Riya Goja
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This quaint graphic novel covers some of the basic concepts of Western philosophy. Each general school of thought is introduced via brief biographies of key philosophers in the field. It moves chronologically so that the reader is able to get a feel for the development of major philosophical ideas. de Heer's personal thoughts on each subject round out the individual elements and help to tie them together. This is a well-executed graphic novel/primer, but it's important to note that the informati ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a person who didn't know much about philosophy other than how to pronounce the word, this book was a great crash course introduction.

The art work as the title suggest is that of a comic. I really enjoyed that the author, Margreet pulled out of the history to say, that she didn't know what direction the book would go in next and the way if was sort of like a conversation between her, her husband, and the reader, aw well as the philosophers themselves and her family and friends.

While some peop
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
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
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
/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
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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 satisfy ...more
Stewart Tame
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Ild Flue
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.

Amanda Coppedge
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, read-in-2014
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!. ...more
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Vicki Cline
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-nonfiction
My local library has a rather large collection of graphic novels, which I don't usually read, but this one looked interesting. She covers the 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.
Kelsey Matthews
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. As someone who dropped Philosophy 101 because I could not for the life of me understand applied logic, I thought it was a well done 101 style text. Having it in graphic format was all the more helpful. I did pace myself, giving time to digest the information. Overall, a good introduction!
While I didn't enjoy this volume as much as Science: A Discovery in Comics, it was still quite good. de Heer covers a lot of territory pretty quickly and handles it all pretty well. an excellent primer for studies of philosophy. ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book for the fact that is was an easy read. I liked that it was in comic form and about philosophy something i just got into. It gave me insight on many western philosophers like plato.
Jesse Richards
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good introduction but very basic. She could have left out the biographies, and expanded the excellent end section where she asks people their own personal philosophies and we see modern philosophers like George Carlin.
PJ Wallachia
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book as a survey of western philosophy, but I do wish that she had spent more time exploring non-European ideas. Kudos to her for pointing out this bias in the book, and a superb overview in such a short time (117 pages).
Emma Moulton
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads-read

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!
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
good historic view of philosophy.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Loved it - cute, entertaining, and really quite informative. A comic primer on philosophy told with insight and humour.
Jon Nakapalau
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great introduction to philosophy!
Lia Mancino
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
The graphic novel, Philosophy a Discovery in Comics, by Margreet de Heer, is about how we think, who we think we are, and how western philosophy came about. The author’s main topic of this book is what are our own personal philosophies. Everyone has their own personal philosophies that shape their decisions and ways they view life.“Well… Margaret's [narrator/author] philosophy is: there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy or: there is always more(d ...more
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a reasonably good introduction to some philosophical ideas. It takes a lot of the "great man" approach, with biographies of several philosophers, starting at Socrates (and thus missing some of my personal favorites), and going through Plato and Aristotle, then jumping to a few Christian thinkers, and then abandons the idea upon reaching modern philosophers (thus missing most of my other favorites, as well) in favor of looking at some of the author's family members. The comic format did ...more
Dylan Smart
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, this book was the most fun I've ever had while learning about modern, and ancient philosophy. From the pictures, to the use of words, "Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics" Is guaranteed to keep you interested through every lesson.
I really enjoy how the author is able to create pictures and cartoons that can easily explain the topic to anyone. It has the ability to teach the reader, and has the same ability to keep them entertained while doing it.
Overall, this was possibly my favorit
Noah Schwartzlow
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics, This book is very entertaining. If you prefer a laid back book to sit and enjoy without breaking your back. I highly recommend this book. However it isn't the book I would say challenges the reader. I enjoyed this book because it had very precise topics. Meaning, it wouldn't jump. It did have subcategories in the "chapters" that branched into history of the Philosophers. I enjoyed reading the book and highly recommend it.

This book explains what philosophy is, w
Danielle Long
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a neat little graphic novel. Want to learn about Philosophy, this book will help you out. It's quirky, funny and a Philosophy for Dummies made easy (lol). Breaking down each founding father and examples on how it works.

Quick lunch time read and I loved it!
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Margreet de Heer lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with her husband Yiri T. Kohl. 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 full-time comi

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