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A Philosophical Investigation summary í eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF í When the English government mandates genetic testing for predisposition to violence in the early 21st century it also creates an elaborate computer network to store the results But when a computer expert with just such a violent predisposition breakInspector Jake Jakowicz a tough smart cop who must use all her powers of intuition to track the sociopath who wants to draw her into a chilling dialogue about the nature of life itse. Originally published on my blog here in July 2004Having already read a couple of Philip Kerr's thrillers that seem to be heavily influenced by Michael Crichton I was not expecting A Philosophical Investigation to be the kind of novel that it is It is in the crime rather than thriller genre even if it picks the crime theme most conducive to a thriller style the serial killer With a serial killer the traditional methods of detective fiction relating means motive and opportunity to the people surrounding the victim are either hard to apply or hardly relevant Even so Kerr's novel lies between the two genres but is closer to the core of the crime genre than the thriller Among its deviations from the standard practises of either genre is the background it takes place in a stylised science fictional alternate reality that reminds me of Jasper Fforde's England of The Eyre Affair but stripped of its silly touchesThe plot of A Philosophical Investigation is hard to describe without giving away some of the fun details that make the novel different and which is so much better as a reader to discover for oneself The changes made to create the alternative world are cleverly woven into the investigation; and the alert reader will pick up all kinds of literary and philosophical references and other touches this may strike some as tedious and too clever by half but I find it fascinating A familiarity with some basic ideas of Western philosophy gives a reader a big advantage something on the level of Sophie's World should be read before this novel It is a rare crime novel that makes me feel inspired to read Wittgenstein and the enjoyment is not just intellectual as A Philosophical Investigation is full of jokes too

A Philosophical InvestigationInspector Jake Jakowicz a tough smart cop who must use all her powers of intuition to track the sociopath who wants to draw her into a chilling dialogue about the nature of life itse. Originally published on my blog here in July 2004Having already read a couple of Philip Kerr's thrillers that seem to be heavily influenced by Michael Crichton I was not expecting A Philosophical Investigation to be the kind of novel that it is It is in the crime rather than thriller genre even if it picks the crime theme most conducive to a thriller style the serial killer With a serial killer the traditional methods of detective fiction relating means motive and opportunity to the people surrounding the victim are either hard to apply or hardly relevant Even so Kerr's novel lies between the two genres but is closer to the core of the crime genre than the thriller Among its deviations from the standard practises of either genre is the background it takes place in a stylised science fictional alternate reality that reminds me of Jasper Fforde's England of The Eyre Affair but stripped of its silly touchesThe plot of A Philosophical Investigation is hard to describe without giving away some of the fun details that make the novel different and which is so much better as a reader to discover for oneself The changes made to create the alternative world are cleverly woven into the investigation; and the alert reader will pick up all kinds of literary and philosophical references and other touches this may strike some as tedious and too clever by half but I find it fascinating A familiarity with some basic ideas of Western philosophy gives a reader a big advantage something on the level of Sophie's World should be read before this novel It is a rare crime novel that makes me feel inspired to read Wittgenstein and the enjoyment is not just intellectual as A Philosophical Investigation is full of jokes too

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A Philosophical Investigation á Hen a computer expert with just such a violent predisposition breaks into the carefully guarded data he decides to protect the rest of society by killing off others on the listEnter. I didn’t get on at all well with A Philosophical Investigation It sets out to be a dystopian thriller with serious philosophical content but I’m afraid I just found it over long convoluted a bit tedious and rather show offyPublished in 1992 the book is set in 2013 and one problem is Kerr’s vision of a time we have lived through It’s prescient in some ways but the sheer unrecognisability of the setting does get in the way especially things like the hopelessly under imagined technology no NHS and expensive dirty hospitals and so on The story concerns one of a plague of “recreational” serial killers who has been found to lack a part of the brain which inhibits violence and is killing others on the secret list of similarly affected people Each has been given a codename; the killer’s codename is Wittgensteinand so we get into a lot of philosophical discussion Much of the discussion is in Wittgenstein’s internal voice and for me it doesn’t work I’m happy to wrestle with philosophical ideas butI found much of this unconvincing both in its context in the book and in its content Rather than being intellectually stimulating I found it often tendentious and frankly interested in showing the reader how frightfully clever the author is than in developing a reasoned readable argument and story Tellingly I thought I was reading it for the first time until well after half way I came across a scene I recognised I had plainly read it when it came out and remembered almost none of it This says something about my memory I admit but also much about the book because I can recall books I liked from well before thenI know many people admire Philip Kerr’s books greatly but I’ve never been wholly convinced by them and this has done nothing to help It’s minority view I suspect but I can’t recommend thisMy thanks to uercus for an ARC via NetGalley download Ì eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF À Philip Kerr

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Philip Kerr À 8 read When the English government mandates genetic testing for predisposition to violence in the early 21st century it also creates an elaborate computer network to store the results But w. Kerr certainly knew his philosophy and his philosophers much so than I Lots of clever plays on the works of the great philosophers and some amazingly prescient if not always correct in the details extrapolations about life in the 21st century published in 1992 Kerr seems to have had some fun with this novel but my major issue was not being able to warm up to any of the characters The underlying premise philosophical logic as distinguished from mathematical logic leaves little room for warmth