Philosophy: Key Texts

Philosophy: Key Texts


By (author) Julian Baggini, By (author) Gareth Southwell

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 16mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230296629
  • ISBN 13: 9780230296626
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 583,322

Product description

Philosophy can often seem difficult and off-putting to the beginner, who can be intimidated by its jargon and confused by its subtlety of argument. The aim of this book is therefore to act as a no-nonsense guide for the student and general reader, clearly setting out the main arguments and ideas of six of philosophy's most influential texts in such a way that allows the reader to directly engage with them - for you to do philosophy for yourself. Philosophy: Key Texts looks at Plato's Republic, Descartes's Meditations, Hume's Enquiry,Mill's On Liberty, Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil,and Sartre's Existentialism and Humanism. Each section comes with its own further reading and glossary. This is the second edition of this popular text, and includes additional and updated material. You may also want to check out its companion volume, Philosophy: Key Themes, the second edition of which introduces six of philosophy's central topics.

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Author information

JULIAN BAGGINI Philosopher and also editor and co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. He has a PhD on the philosophy of personal identity and is the author, co-author or editor of 17 popular philosophy books. His monthly philosophy podcast is available on iTunes or via the website. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research and Demos. GARETH SOUTHWELL Philosopher, author and illustrator based in Swansea, UK. He has run the website Philosophy Online for the last 10 years. His other publications include guides to Descartes and Nietzsche, and Words of Wisdom, an exploration of 360 of philosophy's most important quotations.

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'...these are very useful books, both of which I would recommend as valuable contributions to introductory literature in the field of philosophy.' - Elizabeth Burns, Think

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Plato: Republic (c.375 BC) Rene Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) David Hume: An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (1748) John Stuart Mill: On Liberty (1859) Friedrich Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil (1886) Jean-Paul Sartre: Existentialism and Humanism (1947) Glossary Further Reading Index