A Journey through Philosophy in 101 Anecdotes
Might a million monkeys typing away randomly on a million typewriters ever create a meaningful book? In this musing of French mathematician emile Borel, Rescher discovers an entry point into G. W. Leibniz's speculation on the limits of human knowledge, a speculation leading to Kurd Lasswitz's dream of a universal library, a dream opening onto Friedrich Nietzsche's doctrine of the eternal recurrence. Through an interwoven network of 101 mutually illuminating episodes, Rescher carries readers across a wide swath of philosophy—ancient, medieval, modern—probing seven thematic clusters. His speed-dating approach to philosophy gives readers stimulating glimpses of philosophy's perennial questions, interrogated from a variety of perspectives. This wide-ranging foray will naturally appeal most to readers already schooled in philosophical principles, but general readers lacking such schooling will uncover surprising insights: whether joining Thomas Hobbes in inspecting oft-darned socks or William James in pursuing an elusive squirrel, they will marvel at the truths careful thinking can tease out of ordinary life experiences. A kaleidoscopic survey of the treasures of philosophy.