Books by Coen Simon

  • Judge for Yourself

    Coen Simon

    | Philosophy | This book has 192 pages

    March 2017

    NEW AND TIMELY BOOK FROM SOCRATES AWARD WINNER

    * Dutch pdf *

    Two hundred years ago, the German philosopher Immanuel Kant called on people to free themselves from their ‘self-imposed immaturity.’ ‘Have the courage to use your own mind,’ he wrote. And bam, the opinion was born.

    Since then, opinions have become ever freer and more individual, and that is a good thing. But before supposedly mature individuals have had the chance to think for themselves, a plethora of science-based opinions have already been produced, shared and ‘liked.’ And before such individuals can even listen to their gut, dozens of satirical media outlets have already mocked their ‘true’ feelings.

    In an equally witty and sharp manner Coen Simon shows how we can maintain our powers of judgment in a time when we prefer to parrot football analysts than abide by the referee’s decision, when we get annoyed at people with a negative attitude, and when we all want to have the most original opinion on trending topics. In short, a time when no one wants to be the same but everybody does the same thing.

    Press on Judge For Yourself:
    ‘Coen Simon shows himself to be as versatile as Michel de Montaigne, the inventor of the literary essay.’ – **** Trouw

    ‘A clear and enlightening book.’ – Reformatisch Dagblad

    ‘He’s strongest in the parts where he combines his heart-warming plea for the judging power of humans with actual events and personal memories. In an accessible style, Simon makes absolutely no secret of what he thinks of the firmly polarised and moralised judgements thrown around on Twitter.’ – *** De Volkskrant

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  • There's a Hole in... Wisp's World

    Coen Simon

    | Non-fiction, Children's Books | This book has 40 pages

    WRITTEN BY RENOWNED PHILOSOPHER COEN SIMON
    WITH EXTRAORDINARY ILLUSTRATIONS BY LINDA DE HAAN

    * full English translation *

    There is a hole in the world and anyone who falls into it will disappear forever. That is scary, but you can still make jokes about it. And that is what Wisp does. How long does ‘forever’ actually last? And what is so bad about disappearing? Because if nothing ever disappears, the world will stop. Unfortunately, nobody except Mulut understands Wisp’s jokes. But what will happen to her when Wisp himself disappears?

    A humorous approach to death and infinity.

    Press on There’s a Hole in… Wisp’s World:

    ‘Fun philosophy (even for adults) with beautiful drawings by Linda de Haan. **** ’ – Dagblad van het Noorden

    There’s a Hole in… Wisp’s World: a fun philosophy book for children who dare to ask questions. ’ – Filosofie magazine

    ‘A stimulating book for wonderfully curious children, with humorous illustrations by Linda de Haan. ’ – De Standaard

    ‘Beanpole and Moeloet almost jump off the page, and this book can encourage reluctant children to read. ’ – Boekenbijlage

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  • Waiting for Happiness

    Coen Simon

    | Non-fiction | This book has 168 pages

    March 2012

    Rights sold: Ariel (World Spanish), Naklada Ljevak (Croatia) 

    Sample translation available  Spanish pdf available

     

    HIGHLIGHTED BY THE DUTCH FOUNDATION FOR LITERATURE 

    WINNER DUTCH SOKRATES AWARD

    Modern man wants too much, at least according to his own selfdiagnosis. Therefore many of us throw ourselves into self-analysis. Because if we know who we are, we’ll know better what we really want. Yet one question is constantly overlooked: does the world ever offer what we want? In Waiting for Happiness philosopher Coen Simon immerses himself in his own feelings of hope, longing, laziness, love, aggression, impatience and embarrassment, and uncovers a surprising aspect of desire: it is not the fulfilment, but the desire itself that gives meaning to life.

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