A review of a new book just out "Reason and Unreason in Western Philosophy: The Struggle of Certainty against Probability through History: A Layman's Notes on Philosophy by Dr. Laszlo Hopp"


An Amazing Book on human philosophy:


Albert Einstein said, “The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.” That is what this book does. I sincerely enjoyed reading "Reason and Unreason in Western Philosophy: The Struggle of Certainty against Probability through History: A Layman's Notes on Philosophy,” written by Dr. Laszlo Hopp, an extremely intelligent pediatrician who wrote a comprehensive and easy to understand analysis of the great minds in philosophy. 

In the author’s “General Notes” in Foreword of the book Dr. Hopp’s explains his purpose in writing this book,

“The nerve of me…. Being but a simple admirer of philosophy armed with nothing but a medical degree and a curious mind, I couldn’t have possibly aimed at opening the door to scholarly deliberations. Instead, the book is meant to reveal the path a layman took while attempting to reconcile his personal experience in life with the philosophical thoughts of millennia.”

As I read this book, I formed an opinion this author did an amazing and excellent explanation over the next 500+ fascinating pages of the greatest philosophers who ever lived since Thales (624 -526 BC – The Seed of Materialism) to John Dewey (1859 – 1952 – Truth is Outcome Itself; Our Limitless Power) and, of course, Jean-Paul Sartre.

As I read this book, the author became the lead character and guide through the philosophies of humankind. Although I have never met this writer, I felt I really became to know him and admired his neutral but intricate reviews as he went on from ancient  history step by step to 20th Century Trends in Philosophy, such as the political philosophy of Professor John Rawls, who taught at Harvard for 40 years and inspired many other well-known philosophers. I felt the some of the philosophical ideas of John Rawls are appropriate and remedial for today’s confusing and troubled world. The author writes:

“Rawls fell into…(an) appreciation of liberal democracy which had its roots in the social system promoted by Locke, Mill, and Kant: a…society where people freely choose their representatives and … participate in every aspect of the political procedure.”

I keep this book as a reference and a guide to the great minds of past and present, and as a wonderful way to reconcile your own life and feel good about it.

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