Thinking about Ordinary Things

A Short Invitation to Philosophy

Jan Sokol

Thinking about Ordinary Things

Jan Sokol

Distributed for Karolinum Press, Charles University

220 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2013
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9788024622293 Published October 2013 Not for sale in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
In this compact yet informative book, former dissident, occasional politician, software developer, and noted Czech philosopher, Jan Sokol offers a way to teach young radical students about philosophy. Drawing on his own experiences, Sokol explains that one does not start teaching by talking about philosophers and theories specifically, but by aiming to excite students and from there leading them to think philosophically about the important questions that have faced humans for centuries. Divided into thirty short chapters, Thinking about Ordinary Things is a unique perspective on the teaching of philosophy.  


1              Philosophy: between Science, Art and Myth

2              How We See and Hear

3              Perception and Attention

4              Things, Words and Names

5              Language and Thought

6              Man in the World

7              Holiday and Everyday, Myth and Logos

8              You and I

9              Action and Freedom

10           Play

11           Language as Play

12           Time

13           Science and Knowledge

14           Truth

15           Scale and Ratio

16           Likeness and Imitation

17           Life

18           Nature

19           Necessity and Change

20           Technique and Technology

21           Society, Institutions and State

22           Values and Money

23           Custom and Society

24           Morality and Ethics

25           Law

26           Text and Interpretation

27           The City

28           History

29           What Happens in History?

30           Civilisation, Culture, and Religion

31           Tolerance and Pluralism

32           Man and the World

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