Michael F. Patton is a professor of philosophy and the program director of philosophy and religion at the University of Montevallo. He lives in Montevallo, Alabama. Kevin Cannon is an award-winning illustrator and a cofounder of Big Time Attic. He and his studio partner, Zander Cannon (no relation), have worked together on many comics and illustration projects, including Evolution and The Stuff of Life (both Hill and Wang Novel Graphics). He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Philosophy like you’ve never seen it before
The latest in the celebrated Cartoon Introduction series, The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy is an authoritative and engaging guide to the fundamental questions about our existence. In this indispensable primer, Kevin Cannon—one of the talented illustrators behind Evolution and The Stuff of Life—and the philosopher Michael F. Patton introduce the wisecracking Greek Heraclitus, who hops in a canoe with us as we navigate the great debates of Western thought. As we make our way down the winding river of philosophy, we meet the pre-Socratics, who first questioned mythology and wondered about the world around them; encounter the disciplines of logic, perception, and epistemology; face the central problem of free will; and witness historic arguments over the existence of God. Along the way, famous thinkers like René Descartes and Immanuel Kant spell out their work in clear, lighthearted conversations that will put readers at ease.
Patton’s prose, combined with Cannon’s rich artistry, puts the fun back into the quest for fundamental truths, imparting the love of wisdom to anyone willing to grab a paddle and join the ride. A rich combination of education and entertainment, The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy is a must-have book for students and professors alike.
Praise for Evolution
“It’s hard to imagine instructional science cartooning better than this.” —Booklist
“Illustrated by a talented (and nonrelated) duo in cartoon format, this book is funny, fun, and authoritative.” —Dolly Setton, Natural History
Praise for The Stuff of Life
“Pretty much the best educational graphic novel in Hill and Wang's new line of them, good enough for interested nonscientists to keep handy for whenever they need a refresher on its subject.” —Booklist