Philosophy: The Basics

Philosophy: The Basics : The Basics

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Now in its fourth edition, Nigel Warburton's best-selling book gently eases the reader into the world of philosophy. Each chapter considers a key area of philosophy, explaining and exploring the basic ideas and themes.

What is philosophy?
Can you prove God exists?
Is there an afterlife?
How do we know right from wrong?
Should you ever break the law?
Is the world really the way you think it is?
How should we define Freedom of Speech?
Do you know how science works?
Is your mind different from your body?
Can you define art?

For the fourth edition, Warburton has added new sections to several chapters, revised others and brought the further reading sections up to date. If you've ever asked what is philosophy, or whether the world is really the way you think it is, then this is the book for you.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 16mm | 158.76g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 4th New edition
  • 0415327733
  • 9780415327732
  • 60,275

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. God, 2. Right and wrong, 3. Politics, 4. The External World, 5. Science, 6. The Mind, 7. Art
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About Nigel Warburton

Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer at the Open University. He is editor of Philosophy: Basics Readings, co-author of Reading Political Philosophy and author of Philosophy: The Classics, Thinking from A-Z, Freedom: An Introduction with Readings, The Art Question and Ernoe Goldfinger: The Life of An Architect.
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1,204 ratings
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An excellent introduction to the subject. The fact that it is titled "....the basics" is certainly true and the Author makes no pretence that in such short space he can adequately cover all the issues touched upon. However, for a newcomer to philosophy as I am it has proved an excellent read and will lead on to more reading and more
by Roger Manley
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