For a Kinder, Gentler Society
On Awareness:
A Collection of Philosophical Dialogues
  • Nicholas J. Pappas
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On Awareness: . A Collection of Philosophical Dialogues
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The short philosophic dialogues in this book were written both for the reader and for the author. Kept short so that busy people can ponder and enjoy a thoughtful morsel in the brief pockets of time they may have available, the dialogues explore many themes and many facets of human action and interaction. Like Nick's previous two books, the style here is that of a Platonic dialogue; the language is concise, pointed, and fun.


About the Author

Nicholas J. Pappas, author of several books with Algora, graduated with honors in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and earned a Law degree at Harvard University. He has written over 100 philosophic dialogues as well as many short stories and poems.

About the Book

The reader of this book is invited to enjoy a tasty feast of bite-sized philosophical dialogues. One reader might choose to enjoy a single dialogue at a time. Other readers might prefer to try a few at a time, in a “dim sum”...

The reader of this book is invited to enjoy a tasty feast of bite-sized philosophical dialogues. One reader might choose to enjoy a single dialogue at a time. Other readers might prefer to try a few at a time, in a “dim sum” approach to thoughtful inquiry. Either way, the reader will find a great variety of individual themes that reflect upon each other and add up to a larger discussion.

Sections center on notions including Peace, Dread, Daring, Ignoring, Hiding, Doubt, Sparks, Time, Patience, Fluff, Dwelling, Revealing, Stepping Back, Knowing, Worry, and Gratitude.

As with the author’s previous two books with Algora, the main character, Director, leads his interlocutors through an analysis of the issues in question in each dialogue. Sometimes the characters reach agreement; sometimes they don’t. But in all cases light is shed on the questions at hand.

Readers will find that the book stimulates thought about important topics, and that, if read with other people, it stimulates conversation. A reader might not agree with the conclusion that the characters draw in a particular dialogue, or even how they handled the discussion, but the reader will often find him or herself smiling nonetheless. 


Introduction
This is a book of thirty-one short philosophical dialogues, marking a departure for me. My previous two books with Algora contained dialogues of much greater length. Why the change?

Many people today lead busy lives. Accordingly, it’s nice to be able to read five pages or so and reach an end. The book may then be set down and picked...
This is a book of thirty-one short philosophical dialogues, marking a departure for me. My previous two books with Algora contained dialogues of much greater length. Why the change?

Many people today lead busy lives. Accordingly, it’s nice to be able to read five pages or so and reach an end. The book may then be set down and picked up another time. Or, one might carry on with another morsel, depending on time available and how one feels.

From my perspective, the shortness of the dialogues afforded me the opportunity to explore many themes. A glance through the table of contents of this book gives an idea of what these themes are. But is there a larger theme?

Awareness. Most of the dialogues in this book deal with being aware of, or knowing, many things — things that might be all too obvious, or things that might not be obvious at all. Consider the dialogue called Knowing. Is it harder to know than not to know? What do you do with experiences that are difficult to come to terms with? Do we have a choice concerning our awareness of such experiences?

While the dialogues may suggest answers to questions such as these, they do not profess to be authoritative. Director, the one constant character throughout the dialogues, perhaps comes closest to being an authority on the themes explored. And yet his dialogue depends on the opinions of Friend and the other interlocutors.

A note on Friend. He is not necessarily the same Friend in each dialogue. Director has many Friends.

I hope you enjoy the book.

Nick Pappas

Pages 196
Year: 2011
LC Classification: B68.P35 2011
Dewey code: 100--dc22
BISAC: PHI035000 PHILOSOPHY / Essays
BISAC: PHI019000 PHILOSOPHY / Political
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