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The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy

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The most entertaining and engaging philosophy class you'll ever take!

In The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy, Michael F. Patton and Kevin Cannon introduce us to the grand tradition of examined living. With the wisecracking Heraclitus as our guide, we travel down the winding river of philosophy, meeting influential thinkers from nearly three millennia of Western thought a
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Hill and Wang
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Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this cartoon introduction to philosophy. The explanations were easy to understand and the drawings helped tell the story. I could see this book being useful to a student in an intro philosophy class who wanted a quick overview of the field. Recommended.

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"We've learned that there is no convincing account of what free will is or how we can have it. But that doesn't change the fact that we're all members of society, so there's only one reasonable way to move forward: W
Anthony Vacca
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Why is an introduction to philosophy important? Simply enough it is an introduction to thinking logically about what you as an individual actually believe when it comes to topics such as God, free will, ethics and even your own mind. Michael Patton and Kevin Cannon's Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy covers each of these topics, including a chapter on logic itself, by dipping the adventurous reader's toes into the works of some of Western Civilization's premier thinkers. All of this is achieved ...more
Kiet Huynh
Khá hay. Nội dung phổ quát triết học phương Tây từ thời khai sơ đến các triết gia thế kỷ XIX như Friedrich Nietzsche, từ nhận thức trong con người đến nhận thức vị trí con người với xã hội. Hơi khó hiểu nhưng chắc đây là kiểu viết đơn giản nhất trong triết học rồi.
Hình vẽ đẹp, đẹp nhất trong bộ, vẽ hình triết gia ông nào ra ông nấy.
Hãy đọc nếu bạn là thằng não phải!
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bacaan santai yang tak berapa nak santai. Haha.

Cara penceritaan sejarah dan serba sedikit idea falsafah barat yang digarap di dalam komik ini agak menarik. Pembaca dibawa oleh Heraclitus mengembara sungai panjang falsafah yang merangkumi enam bahagian; logik, persepsi, fikiran (minds), kehendak diri (free will), ketuhanan dan etika. Ketika berhenti di setiap perhentian, pembaca diperkenalkan dengan ahli falsafah barat serta sedikit idea dan maha karya mereka. Selain itu, diselitkan juga beberapa
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, novela-grafica
Siempre me ha gustado la filosofía y leer sobre filósofos y sus teorías. Desde que terminé la universidad no había vuelto a leer filosofía y, cuando intentaba adentrarme en algún libro, me daba cuenta de que había perdido la práctica de leer filosofía de una forma tan densa.
Así que cuando vi este libro me pareció la forma perfecta de volver a adentrarme en la filosofía de una forma amena, de recordar las ideas básicas de los temas y filósofos más importantes y así después poder leer otras cosas
Huy Vu
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
a good start for a beginner to get to know about philosophy, famous philosophers.
The book could be easily and interestingly finished in 2-3 hours.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I can't help but compare this with Action Philosophers. This is neither good or bad because both share different ideas and both lack things as well. I think if one wants comic book that covers ALL philosophy you'll probably never get one because it would be too long. They are both great reads though and recommend both to learn about philosophy the easy way.

Like Action Philosophers this book covers a wide range of different thinkers, yet this only seems to cover male Western Philosophy. At least
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
readathon17 book 36: a non-fiction book

The title says it all. An introduction to pholosophy throught cartoons. Ancient Greek philosophers, British philosophers of 1600-1800, and even more modern like Turing and even Chalmers are being introduced.

It is of course a very small introduction of the main philosophical ideas, but I think it was very well structured (not chronologically, but according to theories). Suitable for beginners.
And translated to greek, look it up!
Ira Osipkova
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Duc Hoang
Cuốn sách đọc xong đầu tiên của năm 2017, nội dung cũng khá quen thuộc nên đọc dễ với mình, không biết với những bạn chưa có khái niệm về triết học sẽ thấy như thế nào, có một số ý tưởng được đưa ra chỉ trong vài khung truyện có lẽ cũng khó nắm bắt với một số bạn mới làm quen. Sách viết dưới dạng truyện tranh với nét vẽ châm biếm (chứ không hẳn là biếm họa), nên khá gần gũi sinh động. Gói gọn cả hệ thống tư tưởng triết học Tây phương trong vòng già trăm rưỡi trang sách cũng là một việc khó nhằn, ...more
Nguyên ngộ ngộ
the reason why I read this kind of book is to sharpen our mind
I am not going to become a great philosophier, but during reading and thinking and understanding their philosophy we can enhance our deep thinking ability.
the difference between math and philosophy
The first one
in math, they explain based on the numbers
in philosophy, based on the verbal, words
The second one
in math, the newer people used results, achievement of former one
but in philosophy,
the newer one usually argued against the former
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ehhhhhhhhhhh, on the whole, I guess I, *sigh* liked it, but

to be honest,

it kinda pissed me off too.

I know that sounds extreme, but I think that some generalizations and over-simplifications kinda, ... miss the point.

(completely at worst,
and maybe offer a dumbed-down primitive not-so-respectful glossing at best.)

But that is not to say they did not convey some ideas okay.

And it did have it's moments,
but the portrayal of Heraclitus as a grinning idiot throughout really got on my nerves.

banh ran zon
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: triết-học
Nhận ra được vẻ đẹp của triết học không đồng nghĩa với việc cố gắng tìm đọc nó. Lúc chả may có được quyển này thực sự mình cũng không tự tin cho lắm, sợ quá sức, sợ không hiểu, sợ mất thời gian. Nhưng lối vẽ và cách diễn đạt rất tốt, thậm trí còn truyền cảm hứng muốn tìm hiểu thêm nữa về triết học (hăm hở muốn chạy ra hiệu sách mua cả tá luôn dù chưa đọc hết quyển này). Hóa ra từ trước đến nay, các bài viết mình đọc về khoa học vũ trụ, về sinh học phân tử, về tiến hóa... chỉ là một phần nhỏ của ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ojalá libros así para el cole e instituto. :)
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy uses the graphic novel format effectively in providing a well-rounded introduction to the field of Philosophy. The progression of knowledge in Philosophy is symbolized in the book by a journey down The River of Philosophy, narrated by the Pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus, most famous for his belief in change being the fundamental nature of the universe, and for saying, "No man ever steps in the same river twice."
Rather than provide a linear historic out
David Arceo
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
A very instructive and educational comic that deploys a very good summary of different trends, theories, approaches and people who build the WESTERN philosophy as some people understand it.
The author is very biased against religion, trying to convince the reader and making fun of all the authors with whom he disagrees, despite that fact the book is quite good. The author is just a university teacher, he is clearly not a researcher or at least is not trying to present this work as an academic pub
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I seem to have stumbled on an entire genre I previously discredited - after trying Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home," I decided graphic novels were dizzying and not for me before returning it to the library, barely begun.

I could not be more wrong! This graphic novel about philosophy was a complete throwback to my childhood. As young as six, I used to carry kids' history books around with me, and I would pore over them, trying to soak in their knowledge. I never realized until now how important the vi
Stewart Tame
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was surprisingly fun, and much less of a brain burner than one would expect from a philosophy book. As the title implies, this is basically Philosophy 101 in cartoon form. The narrative flows well, mainly due to its decision to split up the subject by topic rather than by strict chronology. We get 2/3 page mini biographies of various philosophers as their ideas become relevant to the story. The cartooning is well done, just silly enough to be interesting, but not so much as to undermine its ...more
Niel Patel
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
As the title suggests, it is a brief introduction to philosophy. As I'm an absolute beginner, it got me interested in learning more about certain arguments that the philosophers made. I found the Free Will chapter the most engaging.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: art, non-fiction
My last and only philosophy class was more than four decades ago of which the only thing I remember was the teacher was a former truck driver. This was a fun reintroduction and just right for us non-philosophers.
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun read and informative in a memorable way. It would be 5 stars but I am not a fan of puns and this book was rife with them. A little cheesy at times, but the material was presented well.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't have much of a philosophic frame of mind (unless I'm sugered up and awake at 2 AM, but who doesn't have a philosophic frame of mind under those circumstances), so I was delighted to find a cartoon introduction to one of the more difficult subjects for me when searching for a philosophy book to read for a challenge. And the Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy actually really lives up to its name.

Our guide, Heraclitus, is an ancient Greek philosopher who takes us on an exploration of philos
Javier Yañez Piña
"Os comparto una de mis notas sobre #FilosofíaYCómic. Llevo unas semanas haciendo una lista con cómics didácticos que ayuden con la filosofía a los chavales, así puedo usarlos como material de apoyo para el curso que viene. He empezado por “Filosofía en viñetas” porque es el más moderno, lo editaron el mes pasado. Aunque en la descripción de la editorial diga que realiza un recorrido histórico, no es así. El cómic se divide en diversas ramas (lógica, filosofía de la mente, ética, etc.), donde al ...more
Nat Cabrera
Disfruté mucho esta lectura. Las ilustraciones me parecieron muy buenas; son sencillas, pero realmente me gustaron: la caracterización que le dan a los filósofos definitivamente le da un toque especial a este ensayo gráfico.
La filosofía no es fácil de leer; tienes que prestar atención al texto y analizar lo que estás leyendo. No puedo decir que la forma de explicar de esta obra sea perfecta para el entendimiento de todos, pero definitivamente, simplificaron los conceptos lo suficiente para que

I loved the Cartoon Introduction to Economics series, and I love philosophy, so I picked this puppy up.

This one has a different author and illustrator, but is along the same lines as Economics. This time, the reader is taken on a canoe tour on a river of philosophical history -- arranged thematically, not so much chronologically -- by Heraclitus, ancient Greek philosopher. Heraclitus was chosen to be the guide for several reasons, probably because he was one of the first known western philosophe
Chad  J Crase
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in philosophy because you get a great, engaging summary of some key figures and ideas. The author does not assume a lot of prior knowledge amongst readers although you can certainly learn about some of the big questions and how philosophers have approached them through history. Apart from great illustrations, the best thing about this book is the abiltity to take a step back for a framework of some major Western thought. I think geograp ...more
Jonathan K
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A gleeful albeit superficial foray into a field that doesn't lend itself well to a cursory overview. The author's decision to organize by concepts instead of by time or philosophers was genius, as it gives beginners an idea of the big debates in philosophy and some understanding of the arguments set forth on either side.

Don't expect to pass a course or write a dissertation based on the info provided here, but this fun read will give you some big questions to ponder and provide a framework with w
Gonzalo Maranon
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Magnífica introducción al pensamiento filosófico occidental. Debería darse como libro de texto en los institutos y usarse como punto de partida para reflexiones más profundas. Aunque sólo araña la superficie de la filosofía, su planteamiento divertido y a la vez riguroso, ayuda a familiarizarse con conceptos clave para el desarrollo del pensamiento filosófico. Si alguien busca introducirse en la filosofía, no conozco texto más accesible ni más apropiado. Por supuesto, no es más que eso, una brev ...more
Alex Morgan
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great introductory to philosophy, it presents nearly all the major ideas in philosophy today. The only problem I had with this book, is it did not dwell a whole lot on these ideas and sometimes I had to look up some of these concepts that I did not understand because of this. But overall this is a great introduction and has really motivated me to look further in philosophy with the background and some of the references it provides.
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