The Big Questions

The Big Questions

Tackling the Problems of Philosophy With Ideas From Mathematics, Economics, and Physics

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Draws on concepts from a variety of disciplines to address such philosophical conundrums as what is real, the nature of knowledge, and the difference between right and wrong, in a guide that bridges the gap between sophisticated philosophical debates and everyday choices. By the author of More Sex Is Safer Sex.

Simon and Schuster

In the wake of his enormously popular books The Armchair Economist and More Sex Is Safer Sex, Steven Landsburg uses concepts from mathematics, economics, and physics to address the big questions in philosophy: What is real? What can we know? What is the difference between right and wrong? And how should we live?

Widely renowned for his lively explorations of economics, in his fourth book Landsburg branches out into mathematics and physics as well—disciplines that, like economics, the author loves for their beauty, their logical clarity, and their profound and indisputable truth—to take us on a provocative and utterly entertaining journey through the questions that have preoccupied philosophers through the ages. The author begins with the broadest possible categories—Reality and Unreality; Knowledge and Belief; Right and Wrong—and then focuses his exploration on specific concerns: from a mathematical analysis of the arguments for the existence of God; to the real meaning of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and the Godel Incompleteness Theorem; to the moral choices we face in the marketplace and the voting booth.

Stimulating, illuminating, and always surprising, The Big Questions challenges readers to re-evaluate their most fundamental beliefs and reveals the relationship between the loftiest philosophical quests and our everyday lives.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2009
Edition: First Free Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781439148211
Branch Call Number: 100 LANDS


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Dec 24, 2014

Hard to follow. The analogies do not make much sense. As the author points out himself, I don't know what are facts and what are not in this book.

Solvig Jul 15, 2012

Egomaniacal diatribe offering nothing new or to learn from. Don't waste your time.


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