Day 337 — Book Resource Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy

I haven’t written much about graphic novels and their contribution to learning about philosophy, but released this year was Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy. It’s focused on “contentious and controversial philosophers”, which could mean a great many. However, it’s looking at the likes of Galileo and Descartes, Locke and Newton, who have certainly made an impact in terms of not only philosophy but the way we see the world.

It’s got a great overview of the history of philosophers, the period in which they lived in and the influence that they had (and the influences on each other). It helps to put into perspective why great thinkers can be a challenge intellectually as well as socially. It’s by a father and son team (Steven and Ben Nadler), and while some of the content is a little cartoonish at times, it’s a colourful and engaging style. I’d recommend this as a young teen introduction and certainly as an inspiration for introducing people to philosophy.