"...a philosophy book should aim to make you better than you were before — morally or intellectually. It should improve you." Geoffrey Klempner, Philosophizer (Black Edition).
My first philosophy professor told me that philosophy should cause you to question rather than provide all the answers. Socrates was all about that: asking questions and forcing additional questions. In this book there is a lot of that, a lot of 'Have you ever thought of this? Or that?' Do you think that 'Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must remain silent' (Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus), that there are subjective, philosophical subjects that must live in one's head that are not spoken of?
In this book Geoffrey Klempner asks a lot of questions, from a myriad of angles. As he says, 'It's the questions that grip me that I am after. Or questions my former selves thought about which somehow I have allowed myself to forget.' He writes about hubris, object attachment, reason, illusions that are unavoidable, the limits of human understanding, inescapable subjectivity, metaphysics, etc. But my favorite bits are: holding a light meter up to woman's breast (ergo discussing photography), Mick Jagger's incomprehensible lyrics, playing Doom 3 (yes, I was surprised), cultural brainwashing, Ministry of Sound's 'Clubber Guide to Ibiza', and more. Yes, it's all over the place, but the
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point is plain: 'Philosophy sets you free. Philosophy is the ultimate expression of human freedom.' Yet this is not a book trumpeting the unassailable position of philosophy as a discipline. He highlights the problems and history of metaphysics, issues with ivory tower philosophy and even that logic, analysis and reason are 'not enough if you want to change your mental attitude.' There is a problem of 'truth' and Philosophizer discusses this. Philosophy is difficult. Life is difficult. Yet an unexamined life is not worth living at all. This book is an examination of a life.
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