Book Review: 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know


The featured audiobook is ’50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know’ by Ben Dupre and narrated by Laurence Kennedy. Philosophy is a close neighbour of science and the intersection between the two is exemplified by philosphers such as Kuhn and Popper who can be said to have very strongly influenced the conceptualisation of science. The contents of this book are much broader than science covering areas such as morality, language and the origins of life. Firstly I thought that Laurence Kennedy does an excellent job of narrating with rich intonations, clearly articulated alternating with amusing impressions of various fictional characters. The combination of this narration with the brief outline of the 50 important philosophy ideas and the summary sentence  make this very easy to listen to. I learnt many things from listening to this such as the difference between a skeptic and a critic, utilitarianism, that the Plato’s Cave allegory has multiple layers in the interpretation and that Wittgenstein demonstrated the shared nature of language and reasoned against the validity of a private language. I find that books such as these, act as a map of sorts, helping to identify important markers for navigating in the philosophical ‘sea’. Many of the ideas discussed in this work have potential applications in discussions of healthcare services and in consideration of health (e.g. the virtues) and illness. I found this to be an enjoyable audiobook, which made complex ideas easy to understand. 




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  1. It does seem that everybody is into this kind of stuff lately. Don’t really understand it though, but thanks for trying to explain it. Appreciate you shedding light into this matter. Keep it up


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