Roger-Pol Droit est écrivain, philosophe et journaliste. Chercheur au CNRS, il enseigne à Sciences-Po. Auteur d'une vingtaine de livres, dont plusieurs sont traduits dans le monde entier, il écrit régulièrement dans Le Monde, Le Point et Les Echos
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Philosophy for the unititiated and then some...20 janvier 2005
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This is an interesting approach this book follows as it introduces philosophy in everyday life through a series of actions ("experiments" the author calls them).
It's all divided into 101 very short chapters thematically categorised. Examples include:
-Empty a word of its meaning
-Play with a child
-Encounter pure chance
-Take the tube without going anywhere
-Play the fool
-Follow the movements of ants
-Come across a childhood toy
-Try not to think
-Be aware of yourself speaking
Several of these philosophical experimentations are probably things everyone has thought about at some point. The author collects them all, emphasizes, dwells, goes the sep further as he invents new ones or comes up with betetr versions of known older ones.
It might sound like the way a child discovers philosophy, but, bearing in mind that most people stay at that level of awareness most their lives the book actually hits its target convincingly. It's a fun and for the most part surprisingly trippy reading even for those who consider themselves a bit ahead philosophically. That is mainly due to the ability of Roger-Pol Droit to keep you intrigued as you progress through his book.
Many of the concepts he discusses have been through our minds occasionally but we let them "escape" without placing the appropriate attention on them. There's a lot to be thought about by looking at the activity of an ant colony or even by watching dust in the sun (other microscopic worlds).
Concepts like these can only lead you forward to other more advanced personal researches. Which is exactly the point of course.
Moreover, Roger-Pol Droit's book is one you'll probably come back to every now and again as is impossible to actually try out the things in it that interest you most in one go.