The Big Questions: Philosophy

The Big Questions: Philosophy

by Simon Blackburn

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Bestselling author Simon Blackburn tackles the key questions in philosophy--and provides easy-to-understand and enlightening answers.

In Big Questions: Philosophy, bestselling author Simon Blackburn addresses the 20 essential questions:

What is the meaning of life? Am I free? Why is there something and not nothing? What do we really know? Is there such a thing as society? Can machines think? What is time? How can I deceive myself? Why be good? What fills up space? Can we truly understand each other? Why do things keep on keeping on? Are we rational? What am I? What are my rights? Is truth relative? Do we need God? What is human nature? What is beauty? Is death to be feared?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623652111
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Simon Blackburn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina and one of the most distinguished philosophers writing today. He is the author of the bestselling books The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, Think, Being Good, Lust, Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed and How to Read Hume.

Table of Contents

Preface. Am I a ghost in a machine? - the search for consciousness. What is human nature? - the problems of interpretation. Am I free? - choices and responsibility. What do we know? - virtual realities and valuable authorities. Are we rational animals? - reason in theory and practice. How can I lie to myself? - self-deception, seduction and motivation. Is there such a thing as society? - the individual and the group. Can we understand each other? - treating words carefully. Can machines think? - artificial intelligence and cognitive powers. Why be good? - annoying behaviour and annoying questions. Is it all relative? - problems of toleration, truth and confidence. Does time go by? - the strange river of time. Why do things keep on keeping on? - problems of constancy and chaos. Why is there something and not nothing? - the strange ways of being. What fills up space? - the curious nature of things and their properties. What is beauty? - the fatal attraction of things. Do we need God? - hope, consolation and judgement. What is it all for? - the pursuit of the meaning of life. What are my rights? - positive, negative and natural rights. Is death to be feared? - the awful abyss of extinction. Notes. Key philosophers. Index.

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j.napier on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Big Questions. People in the world have an interest in everyday questions but then you have people that have questions that science hasn't figured out. Questions that science hasn't figured out have a very broad spectrum and it always interesting to hear other people's ideas or opinions about these questions. Questions like How can I deceive myself?, Is death to be feared?, What fills ups space?. These are all quite broad and philosophy is something everyone seems to know. Questions like the ones above are answered by the Research Professor of Philosophy in North Carolina, Simon Blackburn, he is also one of the most distinguished philosophers of our time. This book gets a 5/5 from me!