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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, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of doing philosophy, explains how different areas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is done.
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Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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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, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of doing philosophy, explains how different areas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is done.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191500749
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 2/21/2002
  • Series: Very Short Introductions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 272,569
  • File size: 5 MB

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

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1 Philosophy: A very short introduction 1
2 What should I do? Plato's Crito 11
3 How do we know? Hume's Of Miracles 24
4 What am I? An unknown Buddhist on the self: King Milinda's chariot 35
5 Some themes 45
6 Of 'isms' 61
7 Some more high spots: A personal selection 74
8 What's in it for whom? 100
Bibliography: Where to go next 119
Index 127
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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.

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