How do you know that you exist? Peter Cave’s rather cumbersomely titled ‘How To Think Like A Bat, And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses Of Philosophy’ tackles such existential questions with a degree of humour that still manages to package 2,000 years and more of mind-exploding Western and Eastern philosophy into one palatable and easy-to-digest read. The real genius of this book is how it has been divided into 35 mini chapters that each set out to explain philosophical debacles… then to complicate the matter… and finally to, quite frankly, mess with your head. Chapter 26 for instance is titled ‘How Not To Be A Three-Legged Frog’. Excuse me? I thought I was doing a pretty good job on that one? Upon reading the chapter, however, it is explained that the world we live in is filled with four-legged frogs of morality, that in turn justify their beliefs as factual when in fact truth seems to be relative. The chapter brilliantly goes on to explore notions of truth and explain that ‘what is true for you is false for me’ through providing interesting and relatable hypothetical scenarios. So if you’re interested in having an entertaining yet equally fascinating and informing read on philosophy, this book definitely won’t fall short.
‘How To Think Like A Bat’ is published through Quercus.