Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten: 100 Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher

Those who have taken classes in philosophy will find the material in this book familiar. Philosophers, comfortably detached from the nuances of real life, come up with what they call “thought experiments” to discuss with one another. Some of the experiments contained in this book include the question of whether it is wrong to inflict pain on someone who won’t remember it and therefore won’t fear it? And what if everything we know has been a deceit; can we still make rational sense of the world?

Many people might find questions like these an utterly stupid waste of time. There is a point to all this, though. By discussing these limited, ascetic scenarios, we can get more easily to the heart of issues that bother us. It breaks matters down into their component parts.

This is a fun book that will likely appeal to those interested in philosophy or debate.


At 12:09 AM, Blogger mis_nomer said...

I read this one too. It was quite interesting..


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