An Intelligent Person's Guide to Philosophy

An Intelligent Person's Guide to Philosophy

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Philosophy's the 'love of wisdom', can be approached in two ways: by doing it, or by studying how it has been done, so writes the eminent philosopher Roger Scruton. In this user-friendly book, he chooses to introduce philosophy by doing it. Taking the discipline beyond theory and intellectualism, he presents it in an empirical, accessible, and practical light. The result is not a history of the field but a vivid, energetic, and personal account to guide the reader making his or her own venture into philosophy. Addressing a range of subjects from freedom, God, reality, and morality, to sex, music, and history, Scruton argues philosophy's relevance not just to intellectual questions, but to contemporary life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 195 x 13mm | 145g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0140275169
  • 9780140275162
  • 213,246

Table of contents

Preface
1. Why?
2. Truth
3. The Demon
4. Subject and Object
5. Persons
6. Time
7. God
8. Freedom
9. Morality
10. Sex
11. Music
12. History
Further Reading
Index
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About Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton is the author of a number of books, including Modern Philosophy and A Short History of Philosophy. Formerly Professor of Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London University, and a visiting professor at Boston University, he lives in Wiltshire, England.
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