The Book Series Philosophy for Heroes
The book series “Philosophy for Heroes” is designed to educate the reader to become an example for others.
But the true secret of being a hero lies in knowing the order of things. The swineherd cannot already be wed to the princess when he embarks on his adventures, nor can the boy knock at the witch’s door when she is away on vacation. The wicked uncle cannot be found out and foiled before he does something wicked. Things must happen when it is time for them to happen. Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever. The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.—Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
- Part I: Knowledge.
- In Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge, the first book in a four-book series, author Clemens Lode takes the reader on a journey, examining the foundations of knowledge. What is the basis of our understanding of the world? How does society define a “hero”? How do basic skills, such as language and mathematics, train our way of thinking and reasoning?
- Part II: Continuum.
- Beyond the static world of the first book, Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum looks at gradual transitions from one condition to the next. Where do we come from? Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the source of our creativity? How can the study of natural sciences help us to understand who we are?
- Part III: Act.
- Being a hero requires not only courage and knowledge, but also independence and consistency. Philosophy for Heroes: Act sets the reader’s mind free from harmful manipulation by others. How can the fields of ethics and psychology help us to discover our true self, our true potential? What “masks” do people wear unknowingly? What are illusionary values? What is the meaning of life? How do we embody our values? What are the challenges we face when being independent?
- Part IV: Epos.
- The final book in the series, Philosophy for Heroes: Epos, examines the influence of the most powerful tool of a leader, the story. Is the age-old conflict between “good” and “evil” necessary? Do heroes need “dragons”? What can we learn from the ancient stories of religion? How can we use our language for good? How can our own life become a story, an epos?