“I Think, Therefore I Am” is a book that introduces its reader to philosophy and its beginnings.
It isn’t the read I would usually pick up, but it is relatively short and I decided to give it a try.
It wasn’t exactly what I expected. The short description at the back of the book is quite misleading. It says that the book will shed light on questions such as “Does a falling tree make a sound if nobody’s around to hear it?” or “Is the unexamined life worth living?”. I didn’t feel like it has even come close to doing any of that.
What this book really is, is a short summary of life and works of many philosophers, ranging from Presocratic to modern times. There is a variety of thinkers and their philosophical works, so the book can act as a good point of reference – out of many topics in this read, if you find one of interest to you, you can always explore it in more details in your own free time, with additional reading. “I Think, Therefore I Am” can act as an introduction into philosophy, but I found it to ramp up too quickly in terms of complexity. While the first half of the book or so was easy enough to follow, the second half had me confused multiple times.
If you do end up reading this book, I suggest taking your time with it. There is a list of useful definitions at the back and some very interesting philosophical questions, that unfortunatly you will have to ponder on yourself, because the author didn’t go into them at all.
Overall, an enjoyable enough read that reminded me why I don’t pick up such heavy books on a regular basis, such reads require its reader to be ready.
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Until next time, Dream On, Dreamers!