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This book covers the invention of western philosophy: introducing to us the first thinkers to explore ideas about the nature of reality, time, and the origin of the universe.
About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
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|1||Lost words, forgotten worlds||1|
|2||Puzzles about first principles||29|
|4||Reality and appearance : more adventures in metaphysics||61|
|6||Pythagoras and other mysteries||97|
|7||Spin doctors of the 5th century||112|