Philosophy For Dummies

Philosophy For Dummies

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Philosophy at its best is an activity more than a body of knowledge. In an ancient sense, done right, it is a healing art. It s intellectual self-defense. It s a form of therapy. But it s also much more. Philosophy is map-making for the soul, cartography for the human journey. It s an important navigational tool for life that too many modern people try to do without.
Philosophy For Dummies is for anyone who has ever entertained a question about life and this world. In a conversational tone, the book's author a modern-day scholar and lecturer brings the greatest wisdom of the past into the challenges that we face now. This refreshingly different guide explains philosophical fundamentals and explores some of the strangest and deepest questions ever posed to human beings, such as
How do we know anything?What does the word good mean?Are we ever really free?Do human beings have souls?Is there life after death?Is there a God?Is happiness really possible in our world?
This book is chock full of all those questions you may have long wanted to think about and talk with someone about, but have never had the time or opportunity to tackle head on. Philosophy For Dummies invites you to discuss the issues you find in the guide, share perspectives, and compare thoughts and feelings with someone you respect. You'll find lots of material to mull over with your friends or spouse, including thoughts on
When to doubt, and when to doubt our doubtsThe universal demand for evidence and proofThe four dimensions of human experienceArguments for materialismFear of the process of dyingPrayers and small miraclesMoral justification for allowing evil
The ancient philosopher Socrates (fifth century, B.C.) thought that, when it comes to the Ultimate Questions, we all start off as dummies. But if we are humbly aware of how little we actually know, then we can really begin to learn. Philosophy For Dummies will put you on the path to wising up as you steer through the experience called life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 189 x 234 x 20mm | 528g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0764551531
  • 9780764551536
  • 97,123

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Praise for Tom Morris
"Tom Morris is no dummy and I'm no philosopher, so we're probably amatched set for his wonderful exercise in unraveling some of life'smost elusive and enduring mysteries. Read it and grow wise!"--Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports

"Like nobody else, Tom Morris brings the field of philosophy tolife." --Paul K. Moser, Professor and Chairperson ofPhilosophy, Loyola University of Chicago

Discover how to apply ancient wisdom to your everyday life

Brimming with great ideas that will rock your world

If you think philosophy is complicated or boring, think again!In this refreshing different guide, author Tom Morris not onlyexplains philosophical fundamentals, but show you how philosophycan help you find more meaning in life, understand religiousbelief, and look at the world in a whole new light.

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Table of contents


PART I: What Is Philosophy, Anyway?

Chapter 1: Great Thinkers, Deep Thoughts.

Chapter 2: Philosophy as an Activity.

Chapter 3: The Love of Wisdom.

PART II: How Do We Know Anything?

Chapter 4: Belief, Truth, and Knowledge.

Chapter 5: The Challenge of Skepticism.

Chapter 6: The Amazing Reality of Basic Beliefs.

PART III: What Is the Good?

Chapter 7: What Is Good?

Chapter 8: Happiness, Excellence, and the Good Life.

Chapter 9: Ethical Rules and Moral Character.

PART IV: Are We Ever Really Free?

Chapter 10: Fate, Destiny, and You.

Chapter 11: Standard Views of Freedom.

Chapter 12: Just Do It: Human Agency in the World.

PART V: The Incredible, Invisible You.

Chapter 13: What Is a Person?

Chapter 14: The Case for Materialism.

Chapter 15: The Case for Dualism.

PART VI: What's the Deal with Death?

Chapter 16: From Dust to Dust: Fear and the Void.

Chapter 17: Philosophical Consolations on Death.

Chapter 18: Is There Life After Death?

PART VII: Is There a God?

Chapter 19: Two World Views.

Chapter 20: Theistic Visions.

Chapter 21: The Problem of Evil.

PART VIII: The Meaning of Life.

Chapter 22: What Is the Meaning of Life?

Chapter 23: Pascal's Wager: Betting Your Life.

Chapter 24: Success and Happiness in Life.

PART IX: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 25: Ten Great Philosophers.

Chapter 26: Ten Great Questions.


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About Tom Morris

Tom Morris, Ph.D., author of True Success and other books, taught philosophy at Notre Dame University for 15 years and currently heads the Morris Institute for Human Values.
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Having decided to study something about philosophy I choose this book as an introduction. It is certainly a useful, wide ranging and amusing introduction. I found it highly accessible but was left with a feeling of some superficiality. However, I am confident it will underpin further reading and study. After a few chapters I found the author's style a little irritating and concluded this was because he was attempting to write in a non academic style which slipped into a rather patronising approach. I also found some of the personal anecdotes implausible to the point of over strechtching my credulity. The book will certainly repay reading but I would advise adopting a questioning, even challenging, approach. This largely because I felt the author was attempting to convince me of his being right, particularly about his belief in a Christian/Judaic more
by Roger Manley
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