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Philosophy: a Beginner's Guide is unique in its approach to introducing philosophy. Its succinct and self-contained chapters make this jargon-free text accessible to people who have had little or no previous contact with philosophy.

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"It is gracefully written and beautifully organized, making it a pleasure to read." Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631213208
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Teichman is a Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge. She is the author of The Mind and the Soul (1974), Illegitimacy (1982), Pacifism and the Just War (1986), Philosophy and the Mind (1988), and Social Ethics: A Student's Guide (Blackwell, 1996).

Katherine Evans, a graduate of Cambridge, is an attorney for an international telecommunications company and writes logical aptitude tests for law students.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Introduction: What is Philosophy? 1
Pt. I Metaphysics: The Philosophy of Being and Knowing 7
1 Some Puzzles about Existence 9
2 The Existence of God 17
3 The Existence and Identity of Persons 27
4 The Problem of Free Will 34
5 The Existence of Evil 43
6 The Problem of Knowledge 50
7 Scepticism Old and New 60
Pt. II Ethics: The Philosophy of Value 67
8 Morality and Illusion 69
9 Egoism and Altruism 75
10 Utility and Principles 85
11 Life and Death 94
Pt. III Political Philosophy: The Philosophy of State and Citizen 105
12 Authority and Anarchy 107
13 Liberty 116
14 Equality 125
15 Marx and Marxism 134
16 Politics and Sex 144
Pt. IV The Philosophy of Science 153
17 The Methods of Science 155
18 Causation 163
19 Induction 172
Pt. V Logic: The Philosophy of Inference and Argument 183
20 The Subject Matter of Logic 185
21 Syllogistic Logic 189
22 Modern Logic 199
23 The Propositional Calculus 203
24 The Predicate Calculus 213
Pt. VI Philosophy and Life 225
25 The Meaning of Life 227
26 The Influence of Philosophy on Life 237
App. I The Great Philosophers 245
App. II Philosophy in the Twentieth Century 257
App. III Philosophy Today 263
Bibliography and Further Reading 266
Index 272
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