A Very Short Introduction

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Examines how philosophers including Plato, Descartes, Hobbes, Darwin, and de Beauvoir responded to real life situations, and how their responses continue to influence people today.

Blackwell North Amer
How ought we to live? What really exists? How do we know? This book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of studying philosophy, explains how different areas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is studied.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780192854216
Branch Call Number: 100 CRAIG
Characteristics: 132 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 18 cm


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May 10, 2018

For a 13 or 14 year old, this is a great introduction (4 stars) with a useful (because not overlong) further reading list. The topics are introduced and the problems slowly revealed. The writing is of a very open and friendly tone which is maintained throughout the book. For others, there are many other better introductions.

Aug 17, 2014

Like some other introductions to philosophy which I've encountered, this volume neglects physics and cosmology. This is disappointing, for the human condition won't be understood very well without understanding the material aspect of a human.

Also, what are the correct questions? Professor Craig offers several in the first chapter, and he develops their themes in the second through fourth chapters. Yet I believe that he omitted the most important question of all.

Still, the author was quite helpful; he motivated me to be rather more reflective, as he put it. So I recommend this book to anyone who would like to pursue philosophy at a level well above bar stool philosophy, editorial page philsophy, and so forth.


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