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By D. E. Wittkower

Neatly equipped, Mr. Monk and Philosophy makes use of philosophy to discover extra in regards to the tremendous obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk. With the assistance of history’s maximum thinkers, readers research who Monk quite is, why he's the way in which he's, and what they could study from him. Chapters deal with such subject matters as Mr. Monk’s specific use of common sense, how every person makes use of their very own phobias and idiosyncrasies to navigate a threatening global, and what Monk says approximately what it skill to be a hero (albeit a mistaken one). Monk's relationships obtain distinct cognizance: his commitment to his overdue spouse, Trudy, teaches us approximately romantic partnership, whereas his relationships with Sharona and Natalie display the significance of friendship in facing ailment, dying, and tragedy.

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