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Mark Vernon takes his inspiration from 42 of the funniest, wisest, and quirkiest quotations about the big questions in life, and uses these as starting points for his brilliant observations. In each chapter he explains what the greatest thinkers of all time have had to say on subjects such as eternal life, work, love and sex, and the nature of happiness; he draws his own cMark Vernon takes his inspiration from 42 of the funniest, wisest, and quirkiest quotations about the big questions in life, and uses these as starting points for his brilliant observations. In each chapter he explains what the greatest thinkers of all time have had to say on subjects such as eternal life, work, love and sex, and the nature of happiness; he draws his own conclusions, and will provoke you to think deeply about these things for yourself. Questions include: Is ignorance bliss? Are freedom and slavery mental states? Is love blind? Is there any reason to believe a politician who tells you things can only get better? 42 assumes no prior knowledge of philosophy; it’s easy and fun to read, but serious and challenging at the same time. Mark Vernon is a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He is the author of numerous books, including Science, Religion and the Meaning of Life and The Philosophy of Friendship. He has a PhD in philosophy, as well as degrees in theology and physics, and he is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London....

Title : 42: Deep Thought on Life, the Universe, and Everything
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ISBN : 9781851685608
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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42: Deep Thought on Life, the Universe, and Everything Reviews

  • LKM
    2019-04-08 09:55

    I feel very special at being the first one to rate this book a one star....Not really. The quotations were cool The "brilliant observations" were not (they were also not particularly 'brilliant' in my opinion). Too bad, because I really wanted to like this book. I guess I'm the only one who expected more (fun) out of something with that title. And, you know, the part where it claimed to be "easy and fun to read"...It was easy, it wasn't fun. I got bored, I moved on. Either philosophy books aren't for me or I'm really choosing all the bad ones.

  • Baran Ozan
    2019-04-11 03:52

    Douglas Adams'ın mirasını kullanarak promote edilen bu kitap vaadettiklerine ulaşmaktan uzak kalıyor.

  • Ti
    2019-03-28 06:56

    I'm not a philosopher. For most of my life I've read philosophy because I had to not because I want to. So, when I picked up this book and started reading, it was a revelation to find myself liking it and, even better, wanting to re-read Plato, Aristoteles and all this other thinkers I read by force in high school and in college. Here is a thought book. A book that can be read fast but should be digested with calm and time. Is a well done food for the mind and could generate a series of serious discussions if allowed, or become the not so serious gift that is actually more serious. I specially enjoyed the way the author wrote his own experiences and mixed them with the ideas of philosophers, writers, filmmakers, etc.

  • umberto
    2019-04-03 05:55

    Classified as ‘Philosophy/Humor’ at the back cover and inspired by Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this 42-quotation “Deep Thought on Life, the Universe, and Everything” by Mark Vernon would be, I think, delightfully and light-heartedly read by those interested in his ways of looking at what philosophy has to say about life by means of writing a few pages to narrate/argue on each quotation. For instance, No. 34 ‘A person’s character is their fate.’ (Heraclitus) covering about three pages is about John Stuart Mill’s plight and how he coped with it till he found his new character.

  • H Wesselius
    2019-04-19 03:39

    Intellectual bathroom reading. The 42 short essays focus on similar themes -- happiness, friendship, knowledge, and the limits of all. Socratic ignorance is praised. The last essay on passionate agnosticism summarizes his views -- know your limits, never commit to the point of the irrational. A good read that can be read again in any order.

  • Henriette
    2019-03-27 08:49

    It's a series of (most of them) interesting essays about everyday issues. The title is a clever reference to the "big question about life, the Universe and everything". Everyone who has read "The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy" is familiar with this question as well as the answer to it.

  • Lua Limaverde
    2019-04-15 03:56

    Uma ótima introdução a Filosofia. Bem superficial pra quem já entrou em contato com a maioria dos filósofos comentados pelo autor, mas no geral o livro traz boas discussões sobre felicidade, cotidiano, trabalho, amizade, ecologia, espiritualidade e morte.

  • Saravana Sastha Kumar
    2019-04-07 03:44

    Wonderfully written and deep thoughts indeed. Some topics in more than necessary detail while few are too brief. But overall a very refreshing read and thought provoking indeed.

  • Eric Kalnins
    2019-03-29 08:06

    Delightfully accessible read for some one not honed in philosophy. Loved the connections that were made helped knit the text together.

  • Alannah Marie
    2019-04-16 05:52

    I enjoyed this book very much and it helped me with my existential depression.

  • Holly
    2019-04-19 03:55

    very good way to introduce yourself to philosophy in a light hearted way whilst approaching some deep complex issues... i flew through this in no time