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Rene Descartes' founding work of modern philosophy retold in its entirety by Philosophy Bro
Rene Descartes' founding work of modern philosophy retold in its entirety by Philosophy Bro
Rene Descartes' founding work of modern philosophy retold in its entirety by Philosophy Bro
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It's not too late! For always-up-to-date information on the book and other dumb/smart philosophy jokes, and to order a copy for yourself, go to www.philosophybro.com.

When Rene Descartes wrote Meditations on First Philosophy, widely considered the founding text of modern philosophy, he was trying to answer fundamental questions about how we can have knowledge about the world around us. But Descartes wasn't writing for you, he was writing for a bunch of academics three hundred years ago. His argument is dense and relies on metaphysics popular in 1641. Do you know what the fuck they believed in 1641? They were still on crazy Aristotle bullshit like "angels are realer than people!" and "nerves are just ropes!" Plus, he wrote the original in Latin, because he was a show-off who hated fun.

Anywho, those old fucks are dead now and you still have questions, which is why Descartes' Meditations, Bro emphasizes readability. It IS written for you, but it's not just wildly entertaining. DMB follows Descartes' arguments step-by-step, weaving contemporary analogies and in-depth explanations of the background assumptions into a comic narrative that parallels the original text paragraph-by-paragraph. See for yourself: go read my latest version of the First Meditation right now.

WHAT EXACTLY CAN I EXPECT FROM THIS THING?

Here's the idea: facing pages and guided annotations
Here's the idea: facing pages and guided annotations

It's a 5.5"x8.5" paperback. If you open it to a random spot, here's what you'll see: on the left-hand page, some paragraphs from the 1901 version of John Veitch's translation to English. He's dead enough that it's cheap to print but not so dead his English sucks. On the right-hand page, you'll find the corresponding paragraphs of my version.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH ALL THAT MONEY?

It'll take ~$7000 to print and ship this sucker (I put a full breakdown in the FAQs in case you're interested or whatever), and I've budgeted $3000 to pay my badass designer and my VERY handsome editor. Kickstarter will take 10% and taxes are 15%, so that puts us around $12,500. The extra 20% is idiocy padding, because shit always goes wrong.

WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?

I'm Philosophy Bro, PB or PhiloBro for short. I've published funny-but-also-helpful shit on the Internet since 2010. My most popular work includes reliable interpretations of Heidegger, Plato, Hegel, Rawls, and a bunch of other dead bros

Some teachers seem to like my work:

"I'm a public high school teacher who has been teaching philosophy to teenagers for seven years... Until a parent tries to get me fired for pointing their kids in your direction, I'll keep doing it."

And at the college-level:

"I assign your glorious shit for classes quite often. If you need blurbs/help with anything holler and I got you."

OKAY THAT SOUNDS GREAT

I'm so glad to hear it. Seriously, thanks for taking the time to read this far, and if you have questions let me know so I can give you a GREAT answer. I've worked on this fucking thing for like two years now, I'm really, really proud of it, and I'm ready to get it out into the world. You can follow me on Twitter @PhiloBro for updates, and don't forget that you can read my draft of the First Meditation right now.

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Risks and challenges

It would be a bummer if you planned on having this book for a class and didn't get it in time.

GOOD THING THE BOOK IS PRETTY MUCH DONE. It's getting final edits and I'm punching up some of the jokes, but I could send you a PDF of my current draft TOMORROW if I needed to, and you could use it. I won't, but if there are any deadline-related problems -- shipping delays, editing delays, printing delays -- you can get a PDF of my most-up-to-date draft to use while I get caught up.

Things go wrong, but I budgeted for that, so no worries there.

Maybe you're worried that the book will suck? The book doesn't suck. It used to suck, and then I worked on it, and now it's awesome.

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