It's a sad but true fact that for most people philosophy is a fairly dry and uninteresting discipline. I've often thought that was strange, because philosophy--more than any other discipline that I know--deals with the most important questions that any human being could have: What's the meaning of life? What's the right way to live in community with other individuals? What happens to us after death.
Perhaps the problem is not with the kinds of questions that the discipline of philosophy asks, but the approach that philosophers often take to asking these questions. Let's be honest: The ideas of Immanuel Kant are probably as relevant today we when he developed them, but who wants to wade through The Critique of Pure Reason to get at them? For most ordinary folks that would be a fate worse than death.
But there are other ways than important philosophical ideas can be presented--using fiction for example. And that's exactly the approach that Robert Edward, author of the new Phoenix Cycle, takes to philosophy. The Phoenix Cycle is a dystopian series in which many of the main character are famous philosophers and deals with philosophical questions in a way that many people may find compelling.
Here is an excerpt from Edward's book for those who are interested:
ABOUT ROBERT EDWARD
I have been an avid book reader ever since I was a child. Over the years I gained more interests in the literary world, such as Philosophy and psychology. These interests have lead me to read stacks of philosophy books and Essays, such as the Plato Republic and The Rebel. These types of books are now stacked around my room, no longer able to close and covered in scribbled ink and washes of highlighter.
Now I am writing a book that makes philosophy come to life. I hope that with my series, “The Phoenix Cycle.” I can make philosophy cool. By making it cool I believe more people will become interested in learning about philosophy.