30-Second Philosophies: The 50 Most Thought-provoking Philosophies, Each Explained in Half a Minute

30-Second Philosophies: The 50 Most Thought-provoking Philosophies, Each Explained in Half a Minute

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By (author) Stephen Law, By (author) Julian Baggini, Edited by Barry Loewer

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  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 230mm x 18mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 5 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Duxford
  • ISBN 10: 1848311621
  • ISBN 13: 9781848311626
  • Sales rank: 37,510

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I Think Therefore I Am, Existentialism, Dialectical Materialism? The Socratic Method and Deconstruction? Sure, you know what they all mean. That is, you've certainly heard of them. But do you know enough about them to join a dinner party debate or dazzle the bar with your knowledge? 30-Second Philsophies takes a revolutionary approach to getting a grip on the 50 most significant schools of philosophy. The book challenges leading thinkers to quit fretting about the meaning of meaning for a while and explain the most complex philosophical ideas - using nothing more than two pages, 300 words, and a metaphorical image. Here, in one unique volume, you have the chance to pick the potted brains of our leading philosophers and understand complex concepts such as Kant's Categorical Imperative without ending up in a darkened room with an ice pack on your head.

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Barry Loewer is Chair of the Philosophy department at Rutgers University, New Jersey. His interests include the metaphysical foundations of science, the philosophy of physics, and the philosophy of mind. He is co-author (with Georges Rey) of Meaning in Mind and (with Carl Gillett) of Physicalism and its Discontents. He has published many papers on the philosophy of quantum theory, the metaphysics of laws and chance, and the philosophy of mind.