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The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking
     

The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking

by Stephen Law
 

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From Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history's most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging. He brings new perspectives to age-old conundrums while also tackling modern-day dilemmas -- some for the first time. Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a

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From Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history's most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging. He brings new perspectives to age-old conundrums while also tackling modern-day dilemmas -- some for the first time. Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a pickled sheep can truly be considered art, or dive right in and tackle the existence of God. In this radically new way of looking at philosophy, Stephen Law illustrates the problem with a story, then lets the argument battle it out in clear, easily digestible and intelligent prose. This perfect little mental health club is sure to give each reader's mind a great workout.

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Library Journal
In brief chapters presented with a mix of narrative and arch dialog, such philosophical issues as the ethics of meat eating, the existence of God, and the nature of common errors in reasoning are presented as "mental exercises" for the reader. Law (philosophy, Univ. of London) is the editor of Think, a British journal whose mission is to bring philosophy into popular public view. This collection reflects that effort to popularize theory and make it accessible to an audience with no technical background. Each "exercise" offers a bit of historical staging and glimpses at some of the traditional arguments, but none really serves in lieu of reading any of the thinkers-from Plato to Wittgenstein-or of taking an introductory philosophy course. Daniel Postgate's illustrations are both useful and humorous, extending a verbal presentation that sometimes becomes tiresome in its hyperbolic characterizations of the fictional discussants. Chapter endnotes most often cite chapters within recently published anthologies rather than primary sources. Best suited for audiences in public and high school libraries.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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“A vivid, enlightening introduction to clear thinking.” —Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466826762
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/16/2003
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen Law is a lecturer in philosphy at the University of London, was formerly Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen's College, Oxford and received his doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Oxford.


Stephen Law is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of London, was formerly Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen's College, Oxford and received his doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Oxford. He is the author of The Philosophy Gym and Really, Really Big Questions.

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