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In a small literary gem full of sardonic wit, brilliant insights, and provocative criticism Witold Gombrowicz discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six "one-hour" essays—and addresses Marxism in a "fifteen-minute" piece."Who hasn't wished for a painless way to find out what the big shots of philosophy—Hegel and Kant, Nietzsche and SartrIn a small literary gem full of sardonic wit, brilliant insights, and provocative criticism Witold Gombrowicz discusses Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Heidegger in six "one-hour" essays—and addresses Marxism in a "fifteen-minute" piece."Who hasn't wished for a painless way to find out what the big shots of philosophy—Hegel and Kant, Nietzsche and Sartre—thought of the human condition? It has never been easy reading such formidable thinkers, and most explainers and textbooks either get it wrong or massacre the language. So imagine my pleasure in opening Witold Gombrowicz's Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes, an exceptional effort at summarizing concepts in bold, declarative sentences. . . . [This book] is like the course in philosophy you wish you had taken."—David Lehman, Bloomberg News"A must for every reader of Gombrowicz."—Denis Hollier, New York University...

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  • Riku Sayuj
    2019-03-17 03:46

    Literally, A 'Self-Help' Book Witold Gombrowicz’s ‘Cours de philosophie en six heures un quart” began as lectures to his wife and his good friend Dominique de Roux. Apparently, in a fit of depression, Gombrowicz once asked de Roux to get him a gun or some poison so that he could kill himself.De Roux, hoping to take his friend’s mind off the heart problems that were eventually to kill him, asked Gombrowicz for lessons in philosophy. According to Rita Gombrowicz, “Dominique understood full well that only philosophy, in this moment of physical decadence, had the power to mobilize his spirit.”It was thus conceived as a “self-help” book, in the most literal sense in which I have yet encountered that term.This first published English translation of A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes retains the anonymous footnotes and textual gaps of the original French publication.And this complete lack of reference to any sources, the entirely perambulatory nature of the lectures and the infuriating textual gaps makes this book an ordeal to read through without mounting frustration and occasional rants at the dearly departed.A Sampling:For us, the Cosmos must have a cause because [sentence incomplete] internally contradictory idea.***This will to live, in order to be seen as phenomenon, must assume [sentence incomplete].***Structuralism is a difficult thing to define because it originates in different regions of thought. It is both the fruit of mathematical thought, like the linguistic studies of Saussure, and [sentence incomplete] and in the sociology of Lévi-Strauss and even [the text breaks off here].The entire exercise is a loosely strung collection of very personal almost-notes on philosophy. I am pretty sure Rita and De Roux humored Witold through the whole 16 odd hours. One of the more interesting thoughts were the ones on Kant’s [sentence incomplete].It is also sometimes poised on great insight but incomplete, not just in execution, but also in scope. It needs a thoroughly well-read student of philosophy, especially one of [sentence incomplete], to have the erudition and experience to fill in the gaps left by Witold in his scribblings. I would recommend it only to [text indecipherable here].In good conscience, It has to be admitted that sometimes these ‘[incomplete]’s are fun too since they make you pause in the flow and think - maybe even beyond the original thoughts of the author, perhaps? This could be a valuable tool to use in teaching philosophy, almost Platonic in conception - to break the comfortable reading of philosophy and move towards the uncomfortable formulation of self-made thoughts - fill-in-the-blanks-philosophy, if I may I call it so.In any case, I would still say that the book is [text breaks off here].

  • Mohammadjavad Abbasi
    2019-03-13 05:56

    فلسفه در شش ساعت و پانزده دقیقه در واقع جزوه های درس استاد فلسفه گومبرویچ است که حدود دوزاده جلسه را شامل میشه و این خود یکی از نکته های امتیاز کتاب است زیرا جزوه در صدد فهماندن مطلب به مخاطب است و از سادگی برخوردار میشود.این کتاب تاریخ فلسفه نیست بلکه آموزش عقاید و نظرات فیلسوفان است.دیدگاه های دکارت،کانت،شوپنهاور،نیچه،مارکس،سارتر،هگل و هایدگر را آموزش میدهد و واقعا در این کار موفق بوده استدیدگاه هایی چون سوبژکتویته،نقد عقل محض کانت،اگزیستانسیالیسم،تز کمونیسم و دیالکتیک هگل در این کتاب آموزش داده میشود.

  • david-baptiste
    2019-03-25 06:49

    a gallows humor tour of some of the West's major philosophers from Descartes to Sartre, Heidegger--the book is from 1969, the lectures delivered to Gombrowicz's wife Rita and a friend of theirs; the author was in the last year of his life--Rita and the friend thought engaging in a project would help WG with a depression from illness--and it did--a very funny and incisive book--WG is a Polish Pessimist (like Joseph Conrad)--subjecting the philosophers to a ruthless and gaily gallows questioning of their works via paring them down to fundamentals--the Giacometti skeletal figure inside the weighty garb of the Philosopher's New Clothes in a sense, while at the same being a display of love for the subject--

  • Christopher (Donut)
    2019-03-02 03:08

    Although I picked this up after reading about Gombrowicz in Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts, I would not recommend it as an introduction to him, or to philosophy.I take it for granted that all Polish writers are philosophically astute. As W.G. points out here, Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche were all POLISH!I see ratings waver between three and four stars. Three stars, because there is a bit of this:Third antinomy of the idea of the Cosmos. For us, the Cosmos must have a cause because [sentence incomplete] internally contradictory idea. Fourth antinomy. God must exist for us, and at the same time he cannot exist. Kant lists three theological arguments here to demonstrate the existence of God. Now, [sentence incomplete].Four stars (for me at least) for the likes of this:How can anguish be defined? Fear is the fear of something.Anguish is the fear of nothing, of non-meaning, of not giving some meaning to the world, and of losing oneself. It is an experience of nothingness and one of the main sources of the mania for nothingness which has stupidly taken hold of European culture and literature. For me, the stupidity comes from an extremism which is in no way man’s true reality. Man is a being who needs a moderate temperature; neither the microcosmos nor the macrocosmos is man’s domain. Modern physics proves that some perfectly correct laws for the micro and macro world are not carried out in our human reality. For man, a straight line will always be the shortest distance between two points and not the curve, as demonstrated by astronomical dimensions. I am of the school of Montaigne, and I favor a more moderate attitude: we must not succumb to theories, but must know that systems have a very short life and not allow ourselves to be imposed on.

  • Neal
    2019-03-23 09:01

    I enjoyed this book because I pretty much enjoy any book on or about philosophy or the history thereof. Unfortunately, though Gombrowicz (a Polish novelist) gets most (if not all) of the facts correct, he seems to throw in his own ideas on every page, which may leave the inattentive or uninformed reader confused later on, when someone mentions a certain thinker (pick one from this book), and alll you can think of is the word 'consciousness.' Gombrowicz focuses heavily on the idea of consciousness and meaning in a Godless world, it seems, and, though this has meaning and import, it isn't all there is to say from thinkers as varied as Kant, Sartre, and Marx. Consciousness isn't the only story here. Their philosophies are presented in a kind of messy manner, which is entertaining if you already know what the authors think. If you are looking for a primer, or, as a someone is quoted on the back of the book, for "that philosophy course you never took," then this is not the book for you. There are other introductions to philosophy that are informative in ways that won't leave you looking foolish in your next conversation on the metanarrative of the world-historical approach of the Hegelian dialectic. If you don't know what I'm talking about in the last sentence, PLEASE skip this book. I say that because I want you to understand these thinkers, not Gombrowicz's oftentimes very skewed outlook on them.

  • Maddy
    2019-03-12 04:57

    I imagine if Witold Gombrowicz was my philosophy professor I would visit his office hours and he would go on long tangents about the state of Europe and communism and he'd only be interrupted when his dog Psina would enter, barking. I would smile and listen and cross my legs so he could see I'm wearing thigh high socks.I say this knowing full well he was never a professor and therefore never held office hours.Though he did marry a Canadian...

  • Bojar
    2019-03-10 02:55

    جزوه‌ای ساده، خلاصه و در عین حال لذت‌بخش درباره اصلی‌ترین فیلسوف‌ها و تفکراتشون. شاید تنها مشکلش که بزرگ‌ترینش هم هست، نویسنده عقاید و نظرات شخصیش و برداشتش از اون تفکرات رو هم به کلاس درسش اضافه می‌کنه که چون خیلی خلاصه توضیح میده، نمیشه جدی گرفت و قانع‌کننده نیست

  • Maria Carmo
    2019-03-16 03:08

    What I found to be most interesting in this book, is the fact that it is a last testimony of a dying philosopher, in the form of notes to prepare lessons on Philosophy. It manages to bring up most of the questions about BEING, LIFE and TIME that are the backbone of any true philosophical search. It is easily read, and yet, if one will take it step by step, it can be a good program for studying some of those Thinkers that questioned and changed mentalities and paradigms. Maria Carmo Lisbon

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-23 07:10

    3.5 stars is what I would really like to give this book. A concise, cheeky overview.I like Gombrowicz's fiction and don't know much about philosophy, so I thought I'd try it. I did learn a lot and I liked his tone, but it would probably be better for me to read more deeply before getting a condensed overview.I would probably recommend it to those who took a good philosophy course in college (I unwisely sidestepped it) and want a fun refresher.

  • Bijan
    2019-03-18 11:07

    یک شاهکار، متنی بسیارعالی- کتابی که فلسفه مدرن را نه به صورت تاریخ فلسفه، بلکه با دید آموزشی و با فرو رفتن به عمق تفکرات و پیوند دادن نظرات فلاسفه قرن هجدهم، نوزدهم و بیستم به طرز بسیار جالبی، خواننده را با سیر پیشرفت تکاملی موضوعاتی از قبیل: سوژه، ابژه، هستی، وجود و اگزیستانسیال، پدیدارشناسیِ نقش تاریخ و سیاست و ادبیات در این موضوعات، آشنا کرده و متنی بسیار عمیق و جذاب را برای خواندن رقم می‌زند که این ویژگیها البته با نام پیش پا افتاده کتاب، چندان همخوانی ندارد. فلسفه را نه فقط در ۶ ساعت که در ۶ سال نیز نمی توان آموخت، اما کتاب فلسفه درشش ساعت و پانزده دقیقه، طرحی تامل برانگیز از برداشت های هشیارانه ویتولد گومبروویچ ، نویسنده لهستانی را درباره برخی از مطرح ترین مباحث فلسفی به دست می دهد.خواندن این کتاب کوتاه( 137 صفحه)، موجز و عمیق، به علاقمندان ریشه‌ها و پیوندهای فلسفه کانت، هگل،‌ شوپنهاور، نیچه، هوسرل، سارتر و هایدوگر اکیدا توصیه می‌گردد زیرا که در آموزش این تفکرات پیچیده بسیار موفق عمل کرده است. البته کتاب در حقیقت، بیانگر نگرش شخصیِ گومبروویچ به تفکر مدرن و بنیان‌گذاران آن است. معرفی کتاب: (نام کتاب: فلسفه در شش ساعت و پانزده دقیقه - 2004-A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes نویسنده: ویتولد گومبروویچ - (1969-1904)Witold Gombrowicz- لهستانی‌تبار- 24 سال خودتبیعیدی به آرژانتین و در نهایت مقیم فرانسهمترجم: مجید پروانه پورانتشارات: ققنوسسال نشر: ۱۳۹۰تعداد صفحات: ۱۳۷ صفحه)محتویات کتاب:به نظر می‌آید که کتاب را درواقع خود گومبروویچ ننوشته است؛ بلکه آنچه در قالب کتاب حاضر جمع‌آوری و ویراستاری شده، یادداشت‌های یکی از دانشجویان حاضر در کلاس‌های فلسفه او بوده که از ۲۷ آوریل 1969 تا ۲۵ مه 1969 برگزار شده است. گومبروویچ حدود دو ماه بعد از این درس‌ها، بر اثر سکته قلبی در 24 جولای 1969 از دنیا رفت.به سبب دست‌نوشته بودنِ اصل کتاب و این‌که مطالب آن احتمالا یادداشت‌های دانشجویی گمنام است، بریدگی‌ها، افتادگی‌ها و گاه ابهام‌هایی در آن به چشم می‌خورد. اما پیوستگی و قوام مطالب و روان بودن و چندین نکته دیگر این حدس را در ذهن می‌آفریند که احتمالا کتاب را خود گومبروویچ نوشته است. زیرا تسلط، دقتِ دانش، طنز کلام و تیزی ذهن گومبروویچ در آن نمایان است.در هر صورت، حتی اگر این نوع نوشتن، ترفند گومروویچ باشد، باز هم یک نوآوری در این سطح از آموزش و نوشتن است.مزایای کتاب:- ترجمه روان و دقیق آقای مجید پروانه‌پور- سبک بسیار جالب در بیان و پیوند دادن افکار فلاسفه مطرح اخیر همرا با پیامدهای فکری‌شان- بیان افکار غامض این فیلسوفان به زبانی ساده- این کتاب شامل شش درس کوتاه است که هر کدام از درس‌های آن در حقیقت یک جلسه درس یک‌ساعته بوده‌اند و نام کتاب نیز به همین جهت انتخاب شده است.- شروع مطالعه‌ی فلسفه، از آغاز فلسفه‌ی مدرن یعنی فلسفه‌ی کانتی و دکارتی- این کتاب پر است از پرسش‌ها و جملاتی درباره کابرد فلسفه، نظام‌های فلسفی، زندگی از دید شوپنهاور، نیچه و . . .- نویسنده حاصل سالها تعمق و کندوکاو خود در عالم فلسفه را طی جلاتی کوتاه بیان کرده و از آنجا که خودش فلسفه‌دانی پرمغز و صاحب نگرش است، تلاش کرده است دیدگاه‌های شخصی‌اش را نیز در این درسها بگنجاند، تا آنجا که مثلا در جایی خود را به لحاظ فلسفی متقدم بر سارتر معرفی نموده است.معایب کتاب:- بنده عیب چندان قابل توجهی در آن نیافتم. تنها به خلاصه بودن بیان نظرات شخصی نویسنده درباره تفکرات فیلسوفان مورد بحث، می‌توان اشاره کرد که این موضوع هم، چندان این شاهکار را تحت‌الشعاع قرار نمی‌دهد. لازم به تذکر است که اگر خواننده محترم، با افکار تک‌تک فلاسفه نامبرده شده بالا، در حد مقدماتی آشنا باشد، آنگاه خواننده قدر و منزلت واقعی این کتاب بسیار عمیق، موجز و آموزشی-تدریسی را عمیقا درک خواهد کرد. گومبروویچ بیش از ده اثر به صورت رمان و نمایشنامه و اپرا دارد که چندین اثرش شهرت جهانی دارند. مثلا Ferdydurke نوشته سال 1937. ولی همه این آثار به لحاظ محتوی، متاسفانه در حال حاضر در داخل کشور، قابلیت ترجمه به زبان فارسی را ندارند.

  • Alvaro Sánchez
    2019-03-08 09:59

    A pretty good introduction on Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre and Marx. But I have some complains. For example, there were some incomplete paragraphs and I didn't like how he mixed personal opinions with the description and analyisis of the philosophers.

  • Maurizio Manco
    2019-03-07 04:58

    "La nostra avventura terrena è qualcosa di talmente fantastico che tutte le soluzioni sono possibili e soltanto le persone completamente prive di fantasia e intelligenza possono accontentarsi dei ragionamenti." (lettera alla sorella Rena, 7.III.1960, p. 31)

  • Bob
    2019-03-07 09:07

    Ah, Gombrowicz! This really is a guide to philosophy - although anyone who could read it, let alone grasp the depth of the analysis in 6 hours and 15 minutes, is way beyond my capabilities. Brilliant, caustic, critical, complementary, challenging - and Gombrowicz to the core. I'll have to mark it down as one to re-read when I'm lying on a beach somewhere and can really just read a chapter a day; I sometimes read three chapters in a day, and it was just too much analysis to hold in my head!

  • Héctor
    2019-02-25 10:57

    HEIDEGGER SEGÚN GOMBROWICZHeidegger dice que la esencia del hombre es su existencia, que el hombre no es una cosa definida. No hay modelos de hombre -como por ejemplo en la filosofía católica-, sino que el hombre es una existencia que está haciéndose. Diferencia sutil, pero profunda. No podemos decir de alguien que es un hombre; solamente podemos decir que llega a ser hombre, que se realiza como existencia humana. A causa de esto, Sartre atribuye al hombre una libertad plena para elegirse. Heidegger diferencia la existencia que llama trivial de la existencia que llama auténtica (...) Kierkegaard hizo la misma calificación, pero añadió la vida religiosa. Ahora bien, para Heidegger, al igual que para Sartre o Marx, la religión es una invención de los hombres hecha para evitar la confrontación con la verdadera condición humana. Y la vida cotidiana no es entera ni necesariamente trivial. El hombre puede existir en las dos dimensiones de lo trivial y lo auténtico. El hombre, dice Heidegger, debe hacerse. Como no es una cosa, ¡pues bien!, tiene que hacerse "hombre". La vida trivial es simplemente una huida ante uno mismo. Para olvidarse y para perderse. Llegar a ser hombre es tan sólo una posibilidad. No se emplea la palabra "yo", sino que se emplea el "se". "Se" va al cine. "Se" tienen opiniones políticas. Y el hombre se identifica con su función social. "Se" es ingeniero, etc (...) Para Heidegger, el hombre tiene que llegar a ser verdaderamente hombre. A la luz de esta concepción, ya veis que hay muy pocas personas que tengan una vida humana. Nuestra relación con las cosas es sobre todo una relación utilitaria y dominada por lo que Heidegger llama en alemán "Sorge" (la preocupación constante del hombre por la conservación de la vida).WITOLD GOMBROWICZ, Curso de filosofía en seis horas y cuarto. Ed. Tusquets, 1997.

  • Jim Leckband
    2019-03-10 06:10

    This is the book you get when you get a very smart person who has read and thought a lot about philosophy and its consequences talks about it colloquially to a good friend. When you are talking to a friend, you talk in a way that can be understood - you don't care to be consistent, to formulate logical proofs, or to encompass everything about the subject. If you want that - go to a philosophy textbook. But you still probably won't come away with the understanding that you get from this book.Gombrowicz starts with Kant and works his way through Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Sartre and Marx. His emphasis is on the relation of thinking/consciousness to our world. A very authorly viewpoint as he admits. He is very good on the break of the existentialists from classical philosophy when they formulated their viewpoint on the "choice" of the free individual in their actions. Rather then get bogged down in the reduction of forms and consciousness, the existentialists essentially threw that away and said, "Hey, it's what we actually do and choose that matters in this life!" Of course, there are inconsistencies with that as well, which Gombrowicz goes into.On his chapter on Marx (written in 1969), he writes "I imagine in 20 or 30 years they will discard Marxism." HA! I don't think anyone else then was that pessimistic - this was in the midst of the Vietnam and Cold wars! But he was right - Marxism as a political system is deader looking than Lenin in his tomb.

  • Pablo Soto Mota
    2019-02-23 09:45

    Aunque la historia de cómo nació el libro es buena, el texto en sí falla mucho. La historia es que Witold Gombrowicz, luego de una vida como literato, dio este curso a un pequeño grupo de amigos prácticamente desde su lecho de muerte. El libro se compone por las notas tomadas por alguna de sus alumnas. Estas son ligeras y llevaderas. En ocasiones escribe palabras sueltas o frases inconclusas, pero en general se comprende bien el hilo del argumento. Sin embargo, debe señalarse que no es un curso de Filosofía. Gombrowicz habla de filósofos modernos, empezando por Kant y terminando con Heidegger. Comenta su vida, obra y algunas intuiciones de su pensamiento. En ese sentido, se podría decir que es un curso de Historia de la Filosofía, no de Filosofía en sí. Además, existen algunas explicaciones de los filósofos que parecen equivocadas o exageradas. No sería recomendable ni como introducción a dichos filósofos pues en ocasiones se deja ver más la opinión de Gombrowicz respecto a los temas abordados que un intento serio de explicar el trabajo de los filósofos.

  • Emilio
    2019-03-20 11:03

    Gombrowicz resume muy bien varias corrientes filosóficas; me encantó particularmente su visión acerca del Marxismo, y su crítica hacía este, cómo también su explicación del existencialismo y su relación con Heidegger y Husserl.Es de lamentar que el libro termine tan de golpe, y que a su vez falten partes (lo que no permiten comprender del todo de lo que se habla). Pero en general el autor es muy claro con respecto a lo que se refiere.

  • Gregory Klages
    2019-03-12 10:56

    As an introduction to philosophy, this book is not particularly useful. It is distinctly one man's interpretation of who and what ideas are important, and how thought evolved over time. The notes are sometimes incomplete, or cryptic in their meaning. Preserving these ideas strikes me as unnecessarily hagiographic. As a novelist, I'm not sure that Gombrowicz would ever be identified as being a leading historian of the European philosophic traditions. Nonetheless, for those interested in Gombrowicz's thinking, or the views circulating among the East European intellectual diaspora during the Cold War, the Guide offers unique insights.For more comments, and select quotations, see:http://generationpositivecanada.blogs...

  • Vincenzo
    2019-03-22 05:55

    La filosofia in Gombrowicz diviene atto necessario per la scrittura, per la letteratura, pur ritenendo che essa sia superiore alla filosofia. In Gombrowicz già si avverte il disastro culturale dell'Occidente, e avvisa il lettore mediante la sua anticipazione allo strutturalismo, che non verrà mai esposto a causa della morte prematura. Infatti, egli afferma: "Quanto un pensiero è più intelligente, tanto più è stupido". Gombrowicz, dunque, è un grande anticipatore dell'esistenzialismo, e bisogna ammetterlo. Peccato non sia stato riconosciuto per questo motivo; fu soltanto uno dei tanti scrittori della letteratura polacca.

  • Machado Drummond Amado Rosa Coelho
    2019-03-04 05:11

    It's a walkthrough inside modern philosophy with a special attention over the insidiousness surrounding Marxism i.e. the "fifteen minutes". Beyond the relevant differences on topics, Gombrowicz identifies reduction as a common tendency of thought (which is something that is expressed in the very thinness of the book) along its development centered into consciousness throughout time (this seems to be the outcome of the occurrent blank spaces that occurred here and there when things went too much complex while death approached without rest).

  • the gift
    2019-02-23 07:59

    fun? short, easy, opinionated. this is the best critique I can give it, though who knows how much fun it is if you have not read a bit of philosophy, or if you need organized, full, sentences. enjoyed it, felt an urge to dispute here and there, but mostly like talking over introductory thoughts of everyone from Descartes, Kant, to Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Nietzsche… this is not fun if you want to hear about analytic philosophy. there is none.

  • Nikita Malhotra
    2019-02-24 08:01

    A refreshing review of things you might have forgotten from a philosophy class- wouldn't recommend it to those who haven't already encountered these thinkers before. Although it might be fun to read along while currently studying these philosophers. It's like uncovering your professors class notes.

  • Ietrio
    2019-03-25 08:10

    Finally somebody who agrees with the continental philosophy, yet tries to make the ideas clear with examples and in the fewest words possible. Obviously most people would cry blasphemy and genuinely dislike it. But Witold Gombrowicz is an aristocrat and most "continentals" just poor boys weaseling up the academic hierarchy.

  • Po-Tau
    2019-03-06 10:49

    A good overview of Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre and Marx. The section on Nietzsche is not as clear but this probably has more to do with the nature of his philosophy than Gombrowicz's grasp of it. This book is especially useful anyone interested in Kantian and Hegelian thoughts in relation to Marxism and existentialism.

  • Dallas Eckman
    2019-03-05 04:53

    An elegant leap through the history of philosophy hindered and weakened by ludicrous and simply asinine commentary on Marxism and a borderline empty understanding of Nietzsche. Nonetheless, a particularly resounding analysis and summation of existential philosophy can be found here for those curious.

  • Genjiro
    2019-03-20 08:45

    Being a fan of the Yale University Press I took a chance. Unfortunately, not only did I not get it, the writer rather than keeping to the topic, often strayed off into seemingly unrelated territory. Still, it's a neat little hardcover book, almost pocket size, to carry around and read while you're stuck on the train in the middle of Tokyo, that is, if you’re OK with the tangents.

  • Mahmood666
    2019-03-05 10:02

    یه شاهکار تمام عیار.تنها کتابی که از عمو ویتولد ترجمه شده و از اون میشه قدرت عمو رو فهمید.من با این کتاب خیلی از مباحث غامض رو فهمیدم.واقعاعالیه امید وارم کسی پیدا بشه و رماناش رو ترجمه کنه(البته هیچکدوم از رماناش قابل چاپ نیست)

  • Xavier
    2019-03-12 10:57

    Descartes, Kant, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Heidegger, Marx y Nietzsche. Gombrowicz por su claridad y concisión debería reemplazar a los discursos pomposos y enrevesados de más de un profesor que he tenido en la universidad.

  • Andrew
    2019-03-02 04:57

    Generally sloppy and not at all correct—this book is STILL my favorite intro to philosophy and STILL my favorite overview of the major thinkers of continental philosophy. I particularly like his explanations of Schopenhauer, Heidegger and Sartre.

  • Andrés Borja
    2019-02-25 07:55

    Gombrowicz es muy sucinto y muy divertido a la hora de recorrer el pensamiento de los filósofos más importantes de los últimos tiempos. Un libro absolutamente recomendable para aquellos apasionados por la filosofía, una puerta de entrada ideal.