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Philosophy: The Basics is the book for anyone coming to philosophy for the first time.

Now in its fourth edition, Nigel Warburton's best-selling book gently eases the reader into the world of philosophy. Each chapter considers a key area of philosophy, explaining and exploring the basic ideas and themes. For the fourth edition, Warburton has added new sections to several chapters, revised others and brought the further reading sections up to date. If you have ever wondered what philosophy is, or whether the world really is the way you think it is, then this is the book for you.

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'The challenge is to convey to the modern reader the perennial freshness of ideas which might otherwise be clouded by historical scholarship. Nigel Warburton rises to the challenge with admirable skill.'The Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415356299
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,499,915
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer at the Open University. He is editor of Philosophy: Basics Readings, co-author of Reading Political Philosophy and author of Philosophy: The Classics, Thinking from A-Z, Freedom: An Introduction with Readings, The Art Question and Ernö Goldfinger: The Life of An Architect.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : what is philosophy? 1
1 What does it all mean? 3
2 Philosophy 5
3 Think 11
4 Analytic philosophy 17
5 The method of philosophy 21
6 The value of philosophy 24
7 Sense and nonsense 29
Sect. I God 39
8 Proofs of God 41
9 The wager 55
10 Evil and omnipotence 58
11 Why God allows evil 69
12 Of miracles 80
13 Viruses of the mind 91
14 Is God a fiction? 103
15 The Makropulos case : reflections on the tedium of immortality 118
Sect. II Right and wrong 135
16 About ethics 137
17 The categorical imperative 146
18 The experience machine 148
19 Higher and lower pleasures 151
20 A critique of utilitarianism 156
21 The Solzhenitsyn principle 170
22 Neo-Aristotelianism 174
23 A defence of abortion 187
24 Moral luck 202
25 Relativism 214
26 Desire and the meaning of life 218
Sect. III Politics 223
27 Political philosophy 225
28 Of the natural condition of mankind 228
29 Two concepts of liberty 232
30 A new map of censorship 243
31 Playthings of alien forces : Karl Marx and the rejection of the market economy 249
32 Discrimination and sexual justice 258
33 Letter from Birmingham City Jail 270
34 All animals are equal 277
Sect. IV The external world 289
35 About the things we may doubt 291
36 Descartes 298
37 Colours 315
38 Of the origin of ideas 318
39 Disembodied telepresence and the remoteness of the real 322
Sect. V Science 337
40 Why expect the sun to rise tomorrow? 339
41 Nature 348
42 The problem of demarcation 351
43 Anomaly and the emergence of scientific discoveries 362
44 How to defend society against science 365
45 Feyerabend : anything goes 376
46 Wittgenstein and the two cultures 382
Sect. VI Mind 387
47 'The diary' and 'The beetle in the box' 389
48 Sensations and brain processes 391
49 Minds, brains, and programs 403
50 What is it like to be a bat? 422
51 Where am I? 434
52 The disembodied lady 446
Sect. VII Art 455
53 Art and mimesis in Plato's 'Republic' 457
54 Significant form 475
55 The intentional fallacy 480
56 Of the standard of taste 493
57 Two paradoxes 508
58 Photography and representation 512
59 What is wrong with a forgery? 536
60 Pierre Menard, author of the Quixote 550
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