Thursday, October 11, 2007

Philosophy in Action!

If you're like me then you might say to yourself, "Self, I want to learn about a wide variety of schools of thoughts but I don't want to get a college degree that's only useful for being snooty to book store patrons." You could read lots of philosophy books but who wants to read three hundred pages of arguments only to decide that it was pointless, and the Wikipedia articles are constantly being defaced by rival thinkers and can't be trusted (Immanuel Kant did not kill Alexander Hamilton in a duel, for example). There are shorter books that cover a wide range of subjects but they're just not funny. The solution to all of this is Action Philosophers!

Over the course of nine issues Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey painted the broad strokes of the philosophies of over thirty of the world's great thinkers and they gave each of them a humorous twist:

The issues are available in three collections with the third is due out next month. There are four sample stories on the Action Philospher's website (one and a third issue's worth!) and even if you're familiar with most of the subjects it's worth checking out.