Waxing Philosophical

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 Every since I read THE STORY OF PHILOSOPHY by Will Durant during my sophomore year of high school (when I was supposed to be paying attention in geometry class) philosophy and philosophers have fascinated me.  A book I found on our new book shelf at the library last week reawakened my interest: BREAKFAST.

WITH SOCRATES: AN EXTRAORDINARY (PHILOSOPHICAL) JOURNEY THROUGH YOUR ORDINARY DAY by Robert Rowland Smith: Move through your "ordinary" day accompanied by Socrates, Marx, Hegel, and countless other thinkers both ancient and contemporary.  This book made me think back to another one I enjoyed a couple of years back: PLATO AND A PLATYPUS WALK INTO A BAR: UNDERSTANDING PHILOSOPHY THROUGH JOKES by Thomas Cathcart.

There's a weekly radio show on KALW 91.7 FM called "Philosophy Talk" that attempts - and often does - with philosophy what the radio show "Car Talk" does with automobiles (althoughI do admit I'd rather hear Click and Clack discuss the Hegelian Dialectic.

From Will and Ariel Durant I moved on to Jean-Paul Sartre and became one of those unfortunate creatures...a teenage Existentialist.  I thought I was the only one but I recently ran into someone who read Sartre in the originaly French at age 17.

(You know who you are).

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