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THE BED OF PROCRUSTES

PHILOSOPHICAL AND PRACTICAL APHORISMS



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Sinopse

In this profound and playful book, Nassim Nicholas Taleb presents his ideas about life in the form of aphorisms, the world's earliest - and most memorable - literary form. Procrustes was a character from Greek mythology who abducted travellers and invited them to spend the night in a special bed, which they had to fit to perfection. They never did. Those who were too tall had their legs chopped off; those who were too short were stretched. Every aphorism here is about a Procrustean bed of sorts - we humans, facing the limits of our knowledge, the unseen and the unknown, resolve the tension by squeezing life and the world into crisp commoditized ideas, reductive categories, specific vocabularies and pre-packaged narratives. Only by embracing the unexpected - and accepting what we don't know - can we see the world as it really is.

Detalhes do Produto

    • Formato:  ePub
    • Subtítulo:  PHILOSOPHICAL AND PRACTICAL APHORISMS
    • Origem:  IMPORTADO
    • Editora: KOBO EDITIONS
    • Assunto: Filosofia
    • Idioma: INGLÊS
    • Ano de Edição: 2010
    • Ano:  2010
    • País de Produção: Canada
    • Código de Barras:  2001070593322
    • ISBN:  9780141969244

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