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  • Mini Philosophy

  • A Small Book of Big Ideas
  • By: Jonny Thomson
  • Narrated by: Jonny Thomson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
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A hundred and fifty bite-sized insights into philosophy's greatest minds.

Why do people enjoy watching scary movies? Should we bet on the existence of God? Why is pleasure better than pain? And when is a duck not a duck?

Mini Philosophy is a fascinating journey into what some of the greatest minds of the last 2,500 years have to say about the big questions in life and why they are relevant to us today.

Covering everything from Sun Tzu's strategy for winning at board games to Freud's insights into our 'death drive'; why De Beauvoir believed the mothering instinct is a myth to why Schopenhauer probably wasn't much fun at parties, these mini meditations will expand your mind (and bend it too).

©2021 Jonny Thomson (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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"Engaging, smart and wise, Mini Philosophy is a diverse taster menu of ideas on life, the mind and the world. Nutritious, bite-sized portions of philosophy that whet the appetite for more." (David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks)

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I got this as an ebook and added the audio version, because the total of both came to the cost of an Audible credit (I also bought the hardcover, as I was so impressed!). My idea was for the whole family to listen to it, while having dinner together (one section at a time and the ebook/hardcover open in front, because it's helpful in case someone has missed something, or is too restless/got distracted - teenagers, right - and needed to pick up the meaning), so we can converse on the topics afterwards. We are still at the first few chapters but WOW, it's amazing, so captivating and thought-provoking! Not surprisingly, it comes highly recommended