A Brief Guide to Donuts

February 9, 2012 — 10 Comments

By now, you’ve probably come across Doug Ray’s “Social Media Explained” using a donut. It’s wildly popular due to its simplicity and its accuracy. In some ways, authors William Raeper and Linda Edwards attempt to do the same thing with philosophy and theology in their book A Brief Guide to Ideas. “Each of us has a mixture of ideas in our heads about ourselves and the world. These ideas have to come from somewhere,” they write in the introduction (p. 11).

The book is divided into 16 parts, each part comprised of three chapters, each chapter highlighting one major philosopher, theologian, or concept. It is a wonderful introduction to a panoply of subjects and people. At just under 400 pages, it is tantalizingly brief, often leaving the reader jotting down names and ideas for further study. Instead of highlighting a person or idea that they cover in the book, I will attempt to apply Doug’s whiteboard elegance to philosophers:



Anderson Campbell


  • Andy Gingrich

    I’ve always thought Soren and I were kindred spirits. Apparently we like the same donuts too. And Descartes still makes me want to beat my head against a wall…or throw an actual donut at him.

  • janimar

    I saw this showed up on patheos this week http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/2014/02/donut-philosophy.html and told him to source you and he did.

    • Anderson Campbell

      Thank you so much for that. 🙂

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  • http://MikeLoomis.CO/ Mike Loomis

    Well done, sir!

  • 257 3736 837638

    The First Trio and Locke are acceptable and logical others’ are worth for waste…

  • Tom

    This is a great idea, very very very very badly executed, to the point of being very misleading.

  • jbmckim

    I can’t help myself. Almost looks like you have Hume and Kant inverted, except Kant wasn’t an idealist. His view was that consciousness participates with reality, not that it defines it.

    • jbmckim

      I should add: Good idea though.

  • servet eröcal

    I think Bertrand Russell would say: “Talking about donut is nonsense. On the other hand I am sure that Marx would declare that “all workers have to unify &fight for more