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Western Philosophy: Reference Classics

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Combines first-class scholarship with thought-provoking color illustration to bring key concepts of Western philosophy to life.

What does it mean for something to exist? What is truth? Are we free to choose how to think or act? What is consciousness? Is human cloning justifiable?

These are just some of the questions philosophers have attempted to answer, striking right to the heart of what it means to be human. This important book shows that ...

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Overview

Combines first-class scholarship with thought-provoking color illustration to bring key concepts of Western philosophy to life.

What does it mean for something to exist? What is truth? Are we free to choose how to think or act? What is consciousness? Is human cloning justifiable?

These are just some of the questions philosophers have attempted to answer, striking right to the heart of what it means to be human. This important book shows that philosophy need not be dry or intimidating. Its highly original treatment, combining philosophical analysis, historical and biographical background and thought-provoking illustrations, simultaneously informs and stimulates the reader.

Western Philosophy is structured thematically in terms of major issues, with chapters on World, Mind and Body, Knowledge, Faith, Ethics and Aesthetics, and Society. Cutting across this organization by theme is a parallel organization that focuses on the great thinkers and their influence, as well as the schools of “-isms” to which they subscribed.

A highly accessible introduction to the subject, founded upon impeccable academic scholarship, Western Philosophy offers life-changing perspectives on what really matters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435141728
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Papineau is Professor of Philosophy at King’s College, University of London. His research interests include issues in epistemology, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of mind and psychology. He is a former editor of The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. His previous books include: Thinking about Consciousness and The Philosophy of Science: Oxford Readings in Philosophy.

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