Monday, 18 June 2012

5 chances to win a copy of The Shrink And The Sage

This competition is now closed and the winners have been contacted.

We have 5 copies of The Shrink and The Sage by Julian Baggini and Antonia Macaro to give away. From the publishers: 
Philosopher Julian Baggini and therapist Antonia Macaro present their unique brand of self-help – with a distinctly cerebral edge. From what Aristotle can teach us about practical wisdom to how the work of psychologists such as Daniel Kahneman can improve our decision-making, they offer eminently practical advice to many common personal dilemmas. What does philosophical logic have to say about sticking to resolutions? How important is work? Could Danish existentialist Søren Kierkegaard lead you to a more satisfying life? Upbeat, enjoyable and thought-provoking, this brilliantly readable intellectual agony uncle and aunt team combine the insights of philosophy and psychology to begin to piece together a a guide to the good life and how to live it. 
For your chance to win a copy, simply post a comment to this blog entry stating who your favourite philosopher is and why. The 5 winners will be chosen at random on Friday (please ensure you leave an email address).

37 comments:

Niamh Ni Mhaoileoin said...

Iris Murdoch.

Anonymous said...

Francis Bacon.

For the insight that the human intellect may function in part as an obstacle, rather than an infallible tool for acquiring facts about the natural world.

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Christine.Perkins@rbair said...

Can't beat René Descartes' 'I think therefore I am.' I think this adds a certain grounded quality to the whole debate of existence.

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Anonymous said...

Karl Popper for distinguishing science from pseudo science.
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Ummiega said...

Dr. Cal Lightman.
He was the expert of reading body language but for me it's the best knowledge of psycology and philosophy.

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Abiel Guerra said...

Martin Heidegger, because of his influence on Applied ontology and his great work "Time and being".

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PsychologyLover said...

Socrates.
Though only referenced through Plato it's clear that the basis of what he believes is true: There is a universally held morality that people cannot decide on, whether through spineless argumentum ad numerum or argumentum ad verecundiam.
No sophist and no god should dissuade you from the truth.
Believe in doing good no matter how many enemies you make who want to slander you with petty self-serving political mindgames.

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Eleazar Rodríguez said...

Terence McKenna for his hypothesis on how language developed from trying to express one another what was felt after psylocibin consumption

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Becky Mallery said...

Martin Heidegger

For his idea of 'Throwness' and the subsequent effect this has on the choices we make. Although, we cannot change the ontological existentials in life, like experiencing anxiety, we can still choose how we respond to them. And doing so, this helps us make new meanings about our existence. And also keeping in mind that when we do not choose, That is also a choice.

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Adam said...

Wittgenstein, for having a go at Popper with a poker. I am not a fan of Karl.

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Sarah Q said...
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Sarah Q said...

We studied Descartes at uni last year, and I must say that his theory "cogito ergo sum" was fantastic to learn about.

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Anonymous said...

Wittgenstein for his clarity about how concepts must be understood in context.

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Michael said...

John Stuart Mill for his "System of Logic;" specifically, where he delineates criteria for distinguishing causes from mere correlates.

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Aura Polocenkaite said...

Augustine of Hippo.
He was a theologian as well as a philosopher. His saying 'Love and do what you will' is one of my top ones. I'm not a believer but his writings just drag you in to his intimate relationship with his god. Full of intence feelings.
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R said...

Slavoj Zizek is my favorite philosopher.

Why? Largely because he is alive today and comments on current events, but also because he has an interesting way of looking at things (even if often I do not agree with his views and beliefs). Plus, he can be hilarious sometimes. There was an interesting interview with him and Julian Assange.

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lupinssupins said...

Francois-Marie d'Arouet, better known as Voltaire, for his role in the Enlightenment, and his views on personal and political liberty and activism, on intellectual skepticism and in favor of empirical science without metaphysics.

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Patrice said...

Peter-Paul Verbeek because of his ability to summarize the philosophy of technology so well. He works on the philosophical basis of technological ethics. His writing style is well-structured and easy to read.

Gospel X said...

John Stuart Mill because he seemed to be an early advocate for both feminism and the environment, and I like approaching most issues from a basic utilitarian standpoint before delving deeper into understanding them.

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Rupert said...
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Sam McNerney said...

Socrates

Because his relentless appreciation of the truth is still important to this day

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Gabriel Norxten said...

Søren Kierkegaard,

For he got to study into the individual rather than the abstractions that were the center of past philosophers.

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Anonymous said...

Karl Popper. Because of his contribution to scientific theories with critical rationalism.

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Anonymous said...

David Hume, a giant of scepticism and empiricism - two philosophical concepts I greatly admire.

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Avishek said...

Lao Tzu.

"The more you know, the less you understand"

I think putting his ideas to practice are very anxiolytic.

G. said...

Friedrich Nietzsche, because I still need a few years to understand his philosophy :))

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Dayna said...

I was an angsty teen so of course I loved Nietzsche.

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Constantine said...

Kant, for the idea of transcendental idealism is highly pervasive to modern neurological knowledge, I.e. the indirectness of perception, and the spatio-temporal representation potentially held in the parietal lobe.

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Lisandro Gaertner said...

Camus. For the style and the themes he worked on.

Anonymous said...

Marcus Aurelius. Ok, not stunningly original- but a good man , about as good as a man with absolute power can be. According to some schools of thought goodness was the aim of philosophy- . A plus is his hilarious, oscar winners style book dedication to his grammarian.

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Spence said...

George Botterill; was privileged enough to have been taught by him

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Anonymous said...

Richard Rorty - his idea re the irony and contingency of our own existence.

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CMWParsons said...

Plato - for bringing us Socrates...!

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Anonymous said...

Nancy Cartwright - for inspiring my students

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Ben Pace said...

Sam Harris
- For breathing new fire into old debates. He has forced me to change my views on ethics, belief and free will, combining the best of Eastern and Western philosophy to answer the hardest questions in human life.

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