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    DescriptionThis is a book about the big questions in life: knowledge, consciousness, fate, God, truth, goodness, justice. It is for anyone who believes there are big questions out there, but does not know how to approach them. Think sets out to explain what they are and why they are important. Simon Blackburn begins by putting forward a convincing case for the study of philosophy and goes on to give the reader a sense of how the great historical figures such as Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Wittgenstein have approached its central themes. Each chapter explains a major issue, and gives the reader a self-contained guide through the problems that philosophers have studied. The large scope of topics covered range from scepticism, the self, mond and body, and freedom to ethics and the arguments surrounding the existence of God. Lively and approachable, this book is ideal for all those who want to learn how the basic techniques of thinking shape our existence.

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    A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Blackburn
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 120 mm
    Height: 168 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 281 g
    ISBN 13: 9780192854254
    ISBN 10: 0192854259

    BIC E4L: PHI
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    BISAC V2.8: PHI005000
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    BIC subject category V2: HPC
    LC classification: B
    B&T General Subject: 610
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    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000
    DC21: 100
    Abridged Dewey: 190
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    bibliography, index
    Oxford University Press
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    Oxford Paperbacks
    Publication date
    22 March 2013
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    Author Information
    Simon Blackburn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. Until recently he was Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, and from 1969 to 1999 a Fellow and Tutor at Pembroke College, Oxford. His books include Spreading the Word (1984), Essays in Quasi-Realism (1993), The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (1994), Ruling Passions (1998), Truth (co-edited with Keith Simmons, 1999), and the best-selling Think (1999). He edited the journal Mind from 1984 to 1990.
    Review quote
    Blackburn has produced the one book every smart person should read to understand, and even enjoy, the key questions of philosophy, ranging from those about free will and morality to what we can really know about the world around us. Walter Isaacson, Time Magazine
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    In this imaginative introduction to philosophy author Blackburn manages to communicate his enthusiasm for the subject while avoiding the lapses into obscurity or patronizing superficiality which so beset this genre. He has succeeded in presenting philosophical ideas as relevant, interesting and, above all, important. He uses numerous examples, thought experiments and anecdotes in this guide through the central philosophical questions about knowledge, the mind, free will, the self, God, reasoning, our perception of the world nad ethics. Throughout philosophy is presented as a living subject, rather than as a museum of ideas; most of the great philosophers nevertheless make an appearance. This is real philosophy, not the pseudo-profundity served up by certain media gurus. The book is, as its title suggests, intended to make the reader think for him or herself. It is an introduciton to some of the most important questions anyone can ask, but it isn't an alternative to thinking about them. (Kirkus UK)
    Table of contents
    Introduction ; 1. Knowledge ; 2. Mind ; 3. Free Will ; 4. The Self ; 5. God ; 6. Reasoning ; 7. The World ; 8. What To Do ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index