Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Edward Craig

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  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 168mm x 10mm | 120g
  • Publication date: 16 May 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192854216
  • ISBN 13: 9780192854216
  • Illustrations note: numerous halftones and line drawings
  • Sales rank: 17,647

Product description

How ought we to live? What really exists? How do we know? This book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of doing philosophy, explains how different areas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is done. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Author information

Edward Craig is Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University, where he is also a Fellow of Churchill College. He has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Hamburg and Heidelberg, and the University of Melbourne. His publications include The Mind of God and the Works of Man (OUP, 1987), Knowledge and the State of Nature (OUP, 1990), and he is general editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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[The Very Short Introduction to Philosophy] shows that philosophy really can be fascinating, broad-minded and full of surprise. As a means of stimulating interest in the subject it has few rivals. Julian Baggini, The Philosopher's Magazine

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. What should I do? Plato's Crito ; 3. How do we know? Hume's, Of Miracles ; 4. What am I? An unknown Buddhist on the Self: 'The Chariot' from The Questions of ; KING MILINDA ; 5. Some themes ; 6. Of 'isms' ; 7. Some more high spots - a personal selection ; 8. What's in it for whom? ; Bibliography