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Philosophy Bites Back

Philosophy Bites Back

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By (author) David Edmonds, By (author) Nigel Warburton

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 143mm x 207mm x 22mm | 414g
  • Publication date: 6 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199693005
  • ISBN 13: 9780199693009
  • Sales rank: 274,337

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Philosophy Bites Back is the second book to come out of the hugely successful podcast Philosophy Bites. It presents a selection of lively interviews with leading philosophers of our time, who discuss the ideas and works of some of the most important thinkers in history. From the ancient classics of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, to the groundbreaking modern thought of Wittgenstein, Rawls, and Derrida, this volume spans over two and a half millennia of western philosophy and illuminates its most fascinating ideas. Philosophy Bites was set up in 2007 by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton. It has had over 12 million downloads, and is listened to all over the world.

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Nigel Warburton is a freelance philosopher, podcaster, and writer. His books include A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: the Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: the Classics, The Art Question, and Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction. He runs several weblogs including virtualphilosopher.com and artandallusion.com.

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By Kim Heimbuch 19 May 2013 4

This is a must-have read for those who are not familiar, have never liked, or just want more philosophy in their lives. This book covers twenty-seven different philosophic topics from history's most beloved ...read more http://www.musingwithcrayolakym.com/3/post/2013/05/philosophy-bites-back.html

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Engaging and accessible... Readers can enjoy each chapter individually or read the entire book for an understanding of major figures of Western philosophy. As was the first, this book is highly recommended for all general readers with an interest in philosophy. Scott Duimstra, Library Journal As a fan of the Philosophy Bites podcast, I'm very pleased to see this publication of conversations with leading scholars on major figures in the history of philosophy. The result is not only a good introduction to that history, but a rare chance to read top-level philosophers speaking extemporaneously about the subjects they know best. Even regular listeners to the podcast will be glad to have this written version of highlights from the series. Peter Adamson

Table of contents

Introduction: 'Who Is Your Favourite Philosopher?' ; 1. Mary Margaret McCabe on Socrates and the Paradox of Inquiry ; 2. Angie Hobbs on Plato on Erotic Love ; 3. Terence Irwin on Aristotle's Ethics ; 4. Anthony Kenny on Aquinas' Ethics ; 5. Quentin Skinner on Machiavelli's The Prince ; 6. Sarah Bakewell on Montaigne ; 7. A. C. Grayling on Descartes' Cogito ; 8. Susan James on Spinoza on the emotions ; 9. John Dunn on Locke on Toleration ; 10. John Campbell on Berkeley's Puzzle ; 11. Peter Millican on Hume's Significance ; 12. Nicholas Phillipson on Adam Smith on What Human Beings are Like ; 13. Melissa Lane on Rousseau on Modern Society ; 14. Richard Bourke on Edmund Burke on Politics ; 15. A. W. Moore on Kant's Metaphysics ; 16. Robert Stern on Hegel on Dialectic ; 17. Richard Reeves on Mill on Liberty ; 18. Clare Carlisle on Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling ; 19. Aaron Ridley on Nietzsche on Art and Truth ; 20. Peter Singer on Henry Sidgwick's Ethics ; 21. Robert B. Talisse on the Pragmatists ; 22. Barry C. Smith on Wittgenstein ; 23. Hugh Mellor on Frank Ramsey on Truth ; 24. Mary Warnock on Sartre's Existentialism ; 25. Chandran Kukathas on Hayek ; 26. Jonathan Wolff on John Rawls ; 27. Robert Rowland Smith on Derrida on Forgiveness