Philosophy For Dummies, UK Edition

Overview

Get your head around life's big questions

Philosophy can be a mind-bending topic, leaving you with more questions than you started with. This easy-to-follow guide is an essential introduction to the subject, looking at the big issues and steering you through topics such as existence, knowledge, truth and beauty. Delving into the works of great philosophers and examining how their theories still affect us ...

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Overview

Get your head around life's big questions

Philosophy can be a mind-bending topic, leaving you with more questions than you started with. This easy-to-follow guide is an essential introduction to the subject, looking at the big issues and steering you through topics such as existence, knowledge, truth and beauty. Delving into the works of great philosophers and examining how their theories still affect us today, this book will really get you thinking.

  • What's philosophy all about? – unravel the science of thought and don your own thinking hat
  • Buff up on the history – from ancient times to the modern day, learn about key philosophers from around the globe
  • Get to grips with the 'isms' – discover the words and theories that shaped philosophy
  • Understand the nuts and bolts – take a journey through logic, knowledge and language
  • Where's your head at? – peer into the murky depths of the mind and investigate consciousness, morality and more
  • Examine the connection between philosophy and science – find out how philosophers laid the groundwork for theories on space, time and everything in between

Open the book and find:

  • Philosophical heavyweights, from Plato to Confucius
  • The God debate
  • How we tell the difference between right and wrong
  • The lowdown on political philosophy
  • A philosophical take on society and its functions
  • An introduction to aesthetics and human values
  • What Eastern philosophy brings to the table
  • Philosophical puzzles to keep you thinking

Learn to:

  • The history of philosophy from ancient times to the present day
  • Logic, knowledge, ethics, consciousness and more
  • Key philosophical texts and the meanings behind the words
  • How to become a philosophical thinker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470688205
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 882,194
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: What Is Philosophy?

Chapter 1: What's Philosophy All About?

Chapter 2: Discovering Why Philosophy Matters.

Chapter 3: Becoming a Philosophical Thinker.

Part II: The History of Philosophy.

Chapter 4: Looking at Ancient Philosophies.

Chapter 5: Moving from the Dark Ages to the Modern Day.

Chapter 6: Looking at Eastern Philosophy.

Chapter 7: Understanding the 'Isms'.

Part III: The Nuts and Bolts of Philosophy.

Chapter 8: Seeing the Limits of Logic.

Chapter 9: Understanding Knowledge.

Chapter 10: Separating Fact from Fiction.

Chapter 11: Interpreting Language.

Part IV: Exploring the Mind, Consciousness and Morality.

Chapter 12: Exploring the Strange Notion of Mind.

Chapter 13: Looking at Ethics and Morality.

Chapter 14: Political Philosophy.

Chapter 15: Looking Out for Liberty.

Chapter 16: Aesthetics and Human Values.

Part V: Philosophy and Science.

Chapter 17: From Ancient Science to Modern Philosophy.

Chapter 18: Investigating the Science of Society.

Chapter 19: Exploring Scientifi c Truth and Scientifi c Fashions.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Famous Philosophical Books – and What They Say.

Chapter 21: Ten Philosophical Puzzles to Keep You Thinking.

Index.

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