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This is Not a Book

by infinitarian


The original and first edition of this book came out in 2007. It is in print now as as Bedside Book of Philosophy: From Plato to Paradoxes: Thinking through the Ages. (ISBN: 978-0-85762-311-9). Quid co-published it internationally in Australia and NZ with Allen & Unwin, in the US with Barnes & Noble, and with Continuum Books in the UK and worldwide. It was also available in Canada at Chapters/Indigo, under Quid’s New Burlington Books imprint, from 2007 until it sold out. The 2008 French translation by Marabout (Ceci n’est pas un livre) came out in France but was also distributed in Quebec as well (ISBN: 978-2-50105819-3). There have been translations into Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Greek (with Terzopoulos Books, ISBN: 978-960-6838-05-7) and Estonian (with Koolibri, ISBN: 978-9985-0-8286-0). Quid reports that the book had total sales of over 100,000 copies (in its six printing). It won a Book of the Week award in UK shortly after its release. It was recognized in the Australian Financial Review in an annual review of top 50 business books. It has also been assigned in college courses in Canada.

This Is Not a Book will stretch your mind, put your neurons through their paces, and challenge the foundations of your opinions and knowledge itself. You’ll discover that you can’t even trust your own senses—even though they may be all you have.

Filled with philosophical puzzles that have intrigued the greatest minds, quizzes that reveal the inconsistency of our ideas, insoluble logical paradoxes, and moral dilemmas that force us to confront the consequences of our beliefs, This Is Not a Book will give your intellect a workout that you’ll thoroughly enjoy.

This Is Not a Book is divided into four sections corresponding to the major branches of philosophy. Each section includes an overview of the subject and profiles the philosophers whose work has influenced thinking in that area. Throughout the book, the tools of philosophy are applied to everyday situations—but the everyday will never seem commonplace again.

Trained in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy, Michael Picard’s interests include perception, language, social psychology, history of psychology, and cross-cultural issues. He moderated Cafe Philosophy, weekly community-based participatory philosophy dialogues that continued in Victoria, Canada, for over twelve years.

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