Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy

Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy

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Susannah's official boyfriend, Jason, is the perfect foil for her student lifestyle. He is ten years older, an antiques dealer, and owns a stylish apartment that prevents her from having to live in the seedy digs on campus. This way, she can take her philosophy major very seriously and dabble in the social and sexual freedom of 1970s university life. But circumstances become more complicated than Susannah would like when she begins to have an affair with her tutorial partner, Rob. Soon she is dating two men, missing her lectures, exploring independence and feminism with her girlfriends, and finding herself in a particularly impossible dilemma: she becomes pregnant. Forced to look beyond her friends and lovers for support, she finds help and inspiration from the lessons of Kierkegaard and other European philosophers.

A Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy is a delightfully insightful, bittersweet coming-of-age romp, in which love is far from platonic and the mind--body predicament a pressing reality. It even succeeds where many introductions to philosophy have failed, by effortlessly bringing to life the central tenets of the most important European philosophers of modern times.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781590513323
Branch Call Number: FIC Grei
Characteristics: 275p


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Jul 09, 2012

A dreary reminder of every mistake I ever made in my early 20s. Exhausted by the heroine's existential ennui, I had to give up when I was half-way through. Who knows, it might have turned out to be a worthwhile read, but I certainly didn't glean any significant philosophical nuggets from the chapters I slogged through.

Jan 02, 2011

The previous comment was remarkably silly , but is what i would expect when a man tries to do a woman's job. This book is high-quality chick lit, which clearly doesn't interest the previous reader. It is a variation on the novel of education, where a naive and foolish young person leans to be wiser through experience, and in this case, through an exploration of what the best minds have been thinking and saying. On a higher level, it reminds me of Elegance, where a young woman, who also has the misfortune to be involved with a closeted older man, learns to take risks and trust her own judgement through the influence of a mentor, whom she knows only through their writing. Highly recommended.

Jan 22, 2010

Interesting title, but pathetic book -- gave up after perusing a few pages

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