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The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy
Steven Nadler & Ben Nadler

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"Being a philosopher in the 17th century was a dangerous career choice. At odds with the Catholic church, Western philosophy found itself in a precarious position that would sometimes end in violence. Written by the father-son team Steven and Ben Nadler, the comic book aims to turn the trials of early scientific thought into a riveting graphic narrative. With the help of colorful illustrations and jokes, the duo is able to make complicated philosophical ideas easier to digest for a larger group of readers as well as offer up plenty of drama."--Mental Floss

"A remarkable new book. . . . Thanks to Princeton, we now have philosophy delivered in graphic form. . . . The Nadlers, father and son, have given us an informed but light-hearted look at the heaviest subjects: God, man and the cosmos. It’s engaging, like much graphic work, and altogether accessible."--Robert Fulford, National Post

"The art is the best thing about Heretics!, which traces the connections among influential 17th-century European philosophers. Most of the book’s humor comes from the relationship between the lofty ideas expressed and the goofy situations."Book Riot

"Heretics! is an excellent read that will not only teach you a bit about modern philosophy, but will also put a smile on your face. . . . I recommend this graphic novel to anyone interested in learning a bit more about the history of modern philosophy that doesn’t involve delving into tomes like Meditations, Ethics, or Leviathan."--Comic Bastards

"Fascinating."--Hemant Mehta, Friendly Atheist

"With its delightful visuals and simplistic way of presenting complex topics, Heretics! has what it takes to become a classic, or even better yet--pioneer a new literary genre. It’s extremely rare to come across a book that’s innovative in form as well as in content, but I think Heretics! just deserves those accolades. Masterfully mixing a comic book style with complex notions from science and philosophy, Heretics! manages to charm and educate at the same time, and it does all this in style."--Mihai Andrei, ZME Science

"Take your beach reading a step further with this graphic novel about the 17th-century Western philosophers who bravely said ‘nah’ to the status quo set by that era’s religions and royal leaders. Written and illustrated by the father-son team Steven and Ben Nadler, this interesting and funny graphic novel dives into the backstories of historical powerhouses, including Galileo, Baruch Spinoza, and John Locke. It’s the ‘birth of modern thought’ via comics, and you’ll become an expert on this time period without realizing it by the time you’re through."--Sarah Sloat, Inverse (Smart Science Beach Reads)


"With its engaging, playful graphics, Heretics! combines narrative immediacy, intimacy, and warmth, reminding us that philosophy and history are alive, and bringing abstract and complex ideas back down to earth--faithfully, concisely, and wittily."—Ivan Brunetti, author of Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice

"The revolutionary beginnings of modern thought are brought vividly and amusingly to life in this masterful and entertaining book."--Anthony Gottlieb, author of The Dream of Enlightenment

"Steven Nadler and Ben Nadler’s graphic exploration of the thinkers of the seventeenth century is brimming with information concisely expressed, and the illustrations add an extra dimension of irreverent wit to the text, truly earning it its proud title of Heretics!"--Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away

"Heretics! is a triumph of modern comic art. It will be widely read by those of any age seeking a way into the vast and many-sided transition to modern thought and life."--Paul Buhle, coeditor of Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World

"Heretics! is very charming, with a zippy, whimsical text and attractive illustrations."--Daniel Garber, editor of The Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

"Leading historian of philosophy Steven Nadler and gifted artist Ben Nadler have created a wonderful book."--Eric Schliesser, author of Sympathy: A History

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File created: 7/20/2017

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