Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy

Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy

3.7 4
by Simon Blackburn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192100246

ISBN-13: 9780192100245

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Here at last is a coherent, unintimidating introduction to the challenging and fascinating landscape of Western philosophy. Written expressly for "anyone who believes there are big questions out there, but does not know how to approach them," Think provides a sound framework for exploring the most basic themes of philosophy, and for understanding how…  See more details below

Overview


Here at last is a coherent, unintimidating introduction to the challenging and fascinating landscape of Western philosophy. Written expressly for "anyone who believes there are big questions out there, but does not know how to approach them," Think provides a sound framework for exploring the most basic themes of philosophy, and for understanding how major philosophers have tackled the questions that have pressed themselves most forcefully on human consciousness.

Simon Blackburn, author of the best-selling Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, begins by making a convincing case for the relevance of philosophy and goes on to give the reader a sense of how the great historical figures such as Plato, Hume, Kant, Descartes, and others have approached its central themes. In a lively and accessible style, Blackburn approaches the nature of human reflection and how we think, or can think, about knowledge, fate, ethics, identity, God, reason, and truth. Each chapter explains a major issue, and gives the reader a self-contained guide through the problems that the philosophers have studied. Because the text approaches these issues from the gound up, the untrained reader will emerge from its pages able to explore other philosophies with greater pleasure and understanding and be able to think--philosophically--for him or herself.

Philosophy is often dismissed as a purely academic discipline with no relation to the "real" world non-philosophers are compelled to inhabit. Think dispels this myth and offers a springboard for all those who want to learn how the basic techniques of thinking shape our virtually every aspect of our existence.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192100245
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
131,173
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Knowledge
2. Mind
3. Free Will
4. The Self
5. God
6. Reasoning
7. The World
8. What to Do
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >