Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide

Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide

by Peter Cave


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781851689378
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Series: Beginner's Guides
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 829,165
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Peter Cave, author, lecturer and broadcaster, currently lectures for The Open University and New York University (London Campus). He read philosophy at University College London and at Cambridge and has been guest lecturer at a variety of universities abroad, and often takes part in public debates on religion, ethics and sociopolitical matters. He has scripted and presented BBC radio philosophy programs and published academic papers on paradoxes in philosophy journals and has also written many lighter pieces for philosophy magazines.

Table of Contents

Prologue: take your time xi

1 What is it to be human? 1

2 Are we responsible for what we do? 22

3 Surviving 40

4 What - morally - ought we to do? 54

5 Political philosophy: what justifies the state? 75

6 Mind, brain and body 94

7 What, then, is knowledge? 113

8 How sceptical should we be? 133

9 God: for and against 153

10 The arts: what is the point? 171

Epilogue: mortality, immortality and the meaning of life 194

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