Author(s): Tom Butler-Bowdon
The sixth in the bestselling 50s series, and a lively entry point to the field by exploring the works of 50 of the most significant philosophers; including those that show us how to think (Descartes, Foucault and Wittgenstein); how to be (Aristotle, Spinoza, Satre); how to act (Bentham, Kant, Singer) and how to see (Baudrillard, Hegel, Taleb). The whole spectrum of thinking, from the classical philosophers who defined the field, through the 20th century greats, all the way to the writings of some of the most exciting contemporary thinkers including Julian Baggini, Harry Frankfurt, Peter Singer and Slavoj Zizek.
Praise for the 50s series: "A tremendous - book - Because the range and depth of the sources are so huge, the cumulative reading effect is amazing. Alternatively, it educates and edifies, affirms and inspires. Often both." Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People "A terrific compendium of the best - from famous classics to off-beat unknowns, distilled to the point of joyous clarity." Richard Koch, author of The 80/20 Principle "Butler-Bowdon has made a name for himself as an expert in personal development literature - the breadth of thought is far-reaching and inspiring"The Sunday Mail, Australia "This book explains and discusses briefly, but with remarkable lucidity, some of the ideas of fifty philosophical thinkers from ancient times to the present-day. Complex views on a whole range of important and enduring issues are made accessible to the general reader. A sympathetic account is given of each thinker and his or her thoughts, conveying the insights and capturing some of the excitement of seeing the world and human life from novel, distinctive, or unusual perspectives. The book is both enjoyable and instructive." C.L. Ten, Professor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore
Tom Butler-Bowdon is recognised as an expert on the personal development literature. His 50 Classics series has been hailed as the definitive guide to the literature of possibility, and has won numerous awards including the Benjamin Franklin Self-Help Award and the Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Award. A graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Sydney, he lives and works in both the UK and Australia, and runs a successful website: www.butler-bowdon.com