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The Authenticity Hoax 

Andrew Potter (McClelland & Stewart)

From Potter, co-author of The Rebel Sell, comes an attempt to explain our modern existential search for meaning in a hollow world. As I read Potter’s summaries of Hume and Thales I pictured my first-year philosophy prof---mad eyebrows dancing a jig on his forehead, who knows what in his Thermos---skimming the history of philosophy in two classes per week over eight months. To condense his lessons into 271 pages makes succinct look a tad oversimplified, though Potter’s pop-culture knowledge is far superior: Readers will appreciate the Mad Men and Monty Python references. These, plus charming anecdotes about Rousseau’s unhappy childhood and Socrates’ Joseph Howe-like trial, make for a good read. Pick up this book if you want to understand what the heck that sophomore King’s student is droning on about; The Authenticity Hoax is certainly more captivating.

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