can be viewed as a self-help booklet but only for those of you who view philosophy as a means of self-help. For many it is, but, from what I’ve heard, that isn’t the case for everyone.
In this case, I actually wrote it myself. Like everyone else, most of the philosophy books that I’ve read were not written by me. (insert chuckle) In truth, I remember that often, when I got my papers back in university even when I had written them entirely by myself (no cheating going on in my life on that front) I would sometimes react with a sense of surprise about what the paper was like…Even just a few weeks after I had written it.
I can’t corroborate nor differ with any other scholars who sense that their own work seems like: Wow, you mean that was me?! even when it was. Strange, but true.
In this booklet, the 5 main branches of philosophy are introduced to readers. The whole thing is written with a very practical slant and assumes that people are very interested in themselves.
It may well be that I wrote it that way because when I was in my early 20s I recall that I normally read works of philosophy with 3 dominant attitudes: 1) how does this help me? (self- help), 2) Does this explain God and the world? 3) Is this true; does this help me to know the truth – big picture and smaller picture of life and self? 4) Does this make sense? I mean, are the philosophical theories put together at least as well as high quality scientific theories: they should be as good or better if philosophy is anything to take seriously.
The idea of the booklet is that it help readers really learn some intro to philosophy. What’s in for me, is that when people buy copies it helps me financially and it helps me stay qualified to teach philosophy which was my intended humble career path (just taking after Daddy but in my own subject). Women often find it easier to make headway like that when they are taking after Daddy rather than pioneering new terrain. It was also to get paid for writing something I wanted to write that was my own idea, instead of only being paid to ghostwrite, which is writing other peoples’ ideas, what they want me to write.
Aside from that, it’s all for you: prospective readers.
Quick litmus test about whether or not it’s your cup of tea: 1) Do you want something very introductory, concise and yet practical? If so, it is for you. If not, it simply isn’t.