Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy

Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy


By (author) Simon Blackburn


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  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 168mm x 20mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 22 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192854259
  • ISBN 13: 9780192854254
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 10,080

Product description

This 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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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

Editorial reviews

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