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A Philosopher's Guide to Being Free

By Damon Young

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Format: Paperback / softback, 248 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: Australia, 01 September 2008
We all know what it is to be distracted-a feeling that our attention is not quite where it should be. Though it is not a new complaint, at work and at home, in our social lives and in the bedroom, our attention is often torn between one thing and another. What does it mean to be distracted, and why? In this insightful journey through the lives of philosophers, artists and great political thinkers, Damon Young shows how rewarding patient, sensitive and thoughtful attention to the world can be. He suggests that the opposite of a life of distraction is one of genuine freedom.

About the Author

Dr Damon Young is a Research Fellow in the Philosophy Department, Melbourne University. Damon lectures on contemporary Continental philosophy and globalisation, and has delivered a variety of academic and public lectures. He has a PhD in Philosophy, after a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Literature.


"This author makes 'dancing' with the philosophic and artistic masters . . . enjoyable even though one may be tone-deaf to the music and not know the steps." --"Australian Bookseller + Publisher"

EAN: 9780522853742
ISBN: 0522853749
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Dimensions: 19.05 x 12.45 x 2.03 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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