How to Outwit Aristotle: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Philosophy

How to Outwit Aristotle: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Philosophy

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By (author) Peter Cave

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 28mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857388320
  • ISBN 13: 9780857388322
  • Illustrations note: Black and white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 292,720

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How to know that you exist. How to be an object of desire. How to think like a bat. How to bring meaning to life. From the realm of the unconscious to the principles of logic, How to Outwit Aristotle will help you think like a philosopher. Witty and accessible, this is a superb introduction to the subject by one of Britain's most engaging philosophical writers.

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Peter Cave teaches philosophy at the Open University and City University in London, UK. He is a frequent broadcaster, having scripted the 'Paradoxical Fair' series for BBC Radio 4. His previous publications include the best-selling Can a Robot be Human? and What's Wrong with Eating People? He lives in London.

Table of contents

Introduction. How to know that you exist. How to awake as a gigantic insect. How to fire the neurons in your head. How to be free. How to outwit Aristotle. How to know what knowledge is. How to stop worrying about the evil genius. How to be a ghost in the machine. How not to have feelings or beliefs. How to tell the future. How to be a philosophical scientist. How to turn noise into meaning. How to know what we are talking about. How to live on slippery slopes. How to judge whom to save. How not to eat people. How not to be harmed by your death. How to be God. How to sympathize with the devil. How to be a monkey endlessly typing. How to be seduced by logic. How to be an object of desire. How not to be nasty, brutish and short. How to tolerate the intolerable. How not to be a three-legged frog. How not to be squeezed by time. How to outdo artificial intelligence. How to deceive yourself. How to love what does not exist. How not to be left looking after the clothes. How to hear the Sirens' song in safety. How to think like a bat. How to see beauty. How to know when to stop. How to bring meaning to life. Glossary. Index.