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Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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How ought we to live? What really exists? How do we know? This book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of studying philosophy, explains how different areas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is studied.

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Overview


How ought we to live? What really exists? How do we know? This book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of studying philosophy, explains how different areas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is studied.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192854216
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 347,747
  • Lexile: 1190L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Craig is Knightsbridge Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University, where he is also a Fellow of Churchill College. He has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Hamburg and Heidelberg, and the University of Melbourne. His publications include The Mind of God and the Works of Man (OUP, 1987), Knowledge and the State of Nature (OUP, 1990), and he is general editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. What should I do? Plato's Crito
3. How do we know? Hume's, Of Miracles
4. What am I? An unknown Buddhist on the Self: 'The Chariot' from The Questions of King Milinda
5. Some themes
6. Of 'isms'
7. Some more high spots -- a personal selection
8. What's in it for whom?
Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2009

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    Great Introduction to a Complex Subject

    This short introduction to philosophy was excellent. The author did a great job of dealing with the big questions of philosophy in a brief and very understandable way. He primarily deals with the Western philosophical tradition, but he also uses an example from Buddhist philosophy. He also briefly discribes the two major types of Western Philosophy and discusses some of the important representatives of the types. He does all this in a humorous and down to earth way. I would certainly recommend this book for general readers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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