Philosophy in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic
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A lively introduction to a formidable subject

Unpacking seven short yet pivotal sentences from the history of Western philosophy, Douglas Groothuis analyzes key ideas from Protagoras, Socrates, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Pascal, and Kierkegaard. He goes on to supplement each statement with a short biography, linking worldviews to the historical contexts in which they were conceived.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830840931
ISBN-13: 9780830840939

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Philosophy is not a closed club or a secret society. It's for anyone who thinks big questions are worth talking about. To get us started, Douglas Groothuis unpacks seven pivotal sentences from the history of western philosophy—a few famous, all short, none trivial. Included are:
  • "The unexamined life is not worth living."—Socrates
  • "You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you."—Augustine
  • "I think, therefore I am."—Decartes
  • "The heart has reasons, that reason knows nothing of."—Pascal
Sentences from Protagoras, Aristotle and Kierkegaard round out this quick tour. Since every philosopher has a story, not just a series of ideas, Groothuis also offers a bit of each one's life to set the stage. The seven sterling sentences themselves, while they can't tell us all there is to know, offer bridges into other lands of thought which can spark new ideas and adventures. And who knows where they might lead?

Editorial Reviews

"Anyone desiring a refresher in philosophy would also benefit from it, and it would be a great little book to overcome the objections of friends who have little use for philosophy."
"This work is an excellent example of how to write on a tough subject engagingly and efficiently. Philosophy does not have to be dry, unlike the puns that emanate from many of its professional adherents. If you're looking for tinder for generating philosophical discussions (or fires) that could lead to quality gospel conversations, look no further than Philosophy in Seven Sentences."
"Philosophers sometimes say memorable things. And it can often pay great dividends to ponder what they've articulated. Doug Groothuis provides here an original short introduction to philosophy by examining seven such statements that have echoed through the centuries. Reading this book is like having a long conversation with a lively guide to the wisdom of the ages."
"It will make readers think, and sometimes laugh, as they are introduced to (or fondly recall) the thought of Protagoras, Socrates, Aristotle, Descartes, Pascal, and Kierkegaard. . . . Discerning what Groothuis gets right and what he gets wrong is precisely the kind of philosophical task this book hopes to inspire."
"An inherently fascinating, thoughtful and thought-provoking read, Philosophy in Seven Sentences: A Small Introduction to a Vast Topic is very highly recommended for high school, college, university, and community library Philosophy collections."

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