How to be a philosopher…

An intriguing title, no? If only there were simple lessons in the matter, lessons that would turn one into a philosopher with certificates and everything.

Perhaps the full title might be a little more intriguing: How to be a Philosopher: or How to Be Almost Certain that Almost Nothing is Certain.

Better?

That’s the full title of a new book by philosopher Gary Cox, who has done the hard work to gain a prestigious piece of paper identifying him as the holder of a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham in Britain. He’s written a few books, including How to Be an Existentialist: or How to Get Real, Get a Grip and Stop Making Excuses. I sense a theme developing…

Anyway, if you have pretensions to Philosophy, as opposed to philosophy, you could do worse than read Cox’s stuff. It’s clear, snarky, and introductory, and encouraging. And if you’re something of a used up rag of an old man like I am, his stuff will be helpful. Who knows? I might even go back to college someday and hunt down a degree or two in Philosophy for myself. After all, it’s not like I’m partying all the time or chasing wimmens or getting big offers from Goldman Sachs (though I bet they have a few people trained in philosophical methods thinking things through for the big money boys…)

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