Philosophy: All That Matters / Edition 1

Philosophy: All That Matters / Edition 1

by Julian Baggini
     
 

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?In this book:

?Philosophy is like fish: best presented without too much adornment; hard to get just right and easy to ruin.?

What?s the point of it all? In Philosophy: All That Matters, bestselling philosopher Julian Baggini shows how abstract ideas feed into the most important existential questions of all. He tells the story

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Overview

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?In this book:

?Philosophy is like fish: best presented without too much adornment; hard to get just right and easy to ruin.?

What?s the point of it all? In Philosophy: All That Matters, bestselling philosopher Julian Baggini shows how abstract ideas feed into the most important existential questions of all. He tells the story of Philosophy, bringing together and interlinking all its different areas, to create what is perhaps the first non-historical narrative of the subject?one that takes you right to its heart.

It places philosophy firmly at the centre of what makes us human. From ethics and metaphysics, to the philosophy of science and religion, Baggini explains what makes us different to other species, why philosophy lies at the heart of that difference, and why that matters.

This accessible and readable book will appeal to both students and general readers, giving a fascinating taste of philosophy?and what matters most within it.

The All That Matters series:

All That Matters books:

All books in the All That Matters series are written by world experts in their subject field. These experts work to distil a topic and get right to its heart, making the book accessible for both students and general readers. Each compelling book contains new and interesting perspectives and tells stories that matter.

The Author:

?One of our most lucid and accessible popularizers of philosophy?

Julian Baggini is a philosopher, author and journalist, who was recently named on the Observer?s list of Britain?s top public intellectuals. His doctorate was from University College London on the philosophy of personal identity, and his books have been published globally and translated into twelve languages.

Baggini is widely regarded as one of our most lucid and accessible popularizers of philosophy. His work appears regularly in the Guardian, Prospect and the New Humanist, and he founder The Philosophers Magazine. Julian has also appeared as a character in an Alexander McCall Smith novel, and been the subject of a question in University Challenge. Keep up with Julian Baggini on his website or follow his Twitter account @microphilosophy.

Other books in the All That Matters series:

All That Matters - Interesting Introductions to Important Issues

Books on the following subjects are available from the All That Matters series: Muhammad, Water, Political Philosophy, Sustainability, God, Intelligence, Love, Russian Revolution, War, and Creativity.?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444155839
Publisher:
Quercus
Publication date:
11/16/2012
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,380,530
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

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?Julian Baggini is a philosopher, author and journalist, who was recently named on the Observer?s list of Britain?s top public intellectuals. His doctorate was from University College London on the philosophy of personal identity, and his books have been published globally and translated into twelve languages.

Baggini is widely regarded as one of our most lucid and accessible popularizes of philosophy. His work appears regularly in the Guardian, Prospect and the New Humanist, and he founder The Philosophers Magazine

Julian has also appeared as a character in an Alexander McCall Smith novel, and been the subject of a question in University Challenge.?

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

About the Author vii

1 Why philosophy matters 1

2 In Search of truth 9

3 Representing reality 25

4 Ultimate reality 39

5 Modelling the universe 55

6 Surveying the heavens 67

7 Who and what are we? 79

8 The value of art 99

9 States and nature 89

10 Doing right and doing well 109

11 The meaning of life 123

Appendix: 100 Ideas 135

Index 147

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