The Philosophy Gym : 25 Short Adventures in Thinking

The Philosophy Gym : 25 Short Adventures in Thinking

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by Stephen Law
     
 

From Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history's most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging. He brings new perspectives to age-old conundrums while also tackling modern-day dilemmas -- some for the first time. Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a pickledSee more details below

Overview

From Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history's most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging. He brings new perspectives to age-old conundrums while also tackling modern-day dilemmas -- some for the first time. Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a pickled sheep can truly be considered art, or dive right in and tackle the existence of God. In this radically new way of looking at philosophy, Stephen Law illustrates the problem with a story, then lets the argument battle it out in clear, easily digestible and intelligent prose. This perfect little mental health club is sure to give each reader's mind a great workout.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780747232711
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
03/01/1904
Sales rank:
436,788

Meet the Author

Stephen Law is a lecturer in philosphy at the University of London, was formerly Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen's College, Oxford and received his doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

Introduction
How to use this book
1Where Did the Universe Come From?1
2What's Wrong with Gay Sex?10
3Brain-Snatched25
4Is Time Travel Possible?34
5Into the Lair of the Relativist46
6Could a Machine Think?58
7Does God Exist?68
8The Strange Case of the Rational Dentist80
9But Is It Art?92
10Can We Have Morality without God and Religion?104
11Is Creationism Scientific?117
12Designer Babies130
13The Consciousness Conundrum141
14Why Expect the Sun to Rise Tomorrow?152
15Do We Ever Deserve to Be Punished?163
16The Meaning Mystery175
17Killing Mary to Save Jodie183
18The Strange Realm of Numbers193
19What Is Knowledge?206
20Is Morality like a Pair of Spectacles?218
21Should You Be Eating That?229
22Brain Transplants, 'Teleportation' and the Puzzle of Personal Identity241
23Miracles and the Supernatural253
24How to Spot Eight Everyday Reasoning Errors267
25Seven Paradoxes276
Index286

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