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Philosophy is Easy

The Philosophers Everyone Should (and Can) Read

Stephen Morrison, associate publisher and editor in chief of Penguin Books, invites "the philosophy guys," Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein…

Stephen Morrison, associate publisher and editor in chief of Penguin Books, invites "the philosophy guys," Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, authors of The New York Times bestseller Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar…to give listeners a hilarious run-down of the four most important (but not necessarily most well-known) philosophers in the history of philosophy—and why YOU should read them before you die.

Alan Walker, head of academic marketing, introduces listeners to Voltaire's particular brand of optimism with Candide on "Reading the Classics from A to Z."

And then back to Stephen as he offers up the truly biblical opening to Søren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling in his segment, "First Pages."

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