The Five-minute Philosopher

The Five-minute Philosopher

80 Unquestionably Good Answers to 80 Unanswerable Big Questions

eBook - 2011
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To find philosophical enlightenment, it is not necessary to climb to the top of a mountain or pursue a graduate degree. All that is required is five minutes a day with any of the 80 life-changing questions and answers compiled here by philosopher Gerald Benedict. Full of insight and wisdom, and utterly free of academic pretension, The Five-Minute Philosopher draws on sacred texts, humanist writings, and poetry to help readers shed their blinders, put on their thinking caps, and see the world--and themselves--anew.
Publisher: London, UK: Duncan Baird Publishers, 2011
ISBN: 9781780281292
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook


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Apr 26, 2018

If you ask me - I'd say that an even more fitting title for Gerald Benedict's book "The 5-Minute Philosopher" would have been "Philosophy For Elevators" - 'Cause if you've ever ridden on an elevator with other people you can just imagine how deep, profound and meaningful any philosophical discussion is ever gonna happen in there.

As an example of what I'm getting at here - In "The 5-Minute Philosopher" - When Benedict gets around to responding to the question "Can all religions be right?" - He answers very confidently in the affirmative.

Well - From my point of view - If Benedict thinks that this is so (that all religions can be right) - Then it also means that all religions, in turn, can be wrong, as well. And, so - With that in mind - I ask you - Where does that leave us?

I noticed throughout the course of this book that (in order to add some much-needed weight to his rather flippant, feather-light words) Benedict just loved to toss around thought-provoking quotes from such learned men in history as Aristotle, Confucius, Socrates, and Plato (to name but a few) in order to make his answers seem more philosophically insightful and pleasantly relevant to the likes of today's generation of short attention spans.

Anyway - There you have it in a nutshell - My 5-minute analysis of "The 5-Minute Philosopher".


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