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What is reality? Is there free will? Is war ever justified? These are questions that philosophers have spent centuries contemplating. In Philosophy, an international team of scholars offer intriguing answers to these and many other key issues that have long puzzled humanity. Vividly written and beautifully designed, this stimulating volume takes readers on an informative, thoughtful tour of philosophy. The book examines six major topics--The World, Mind and Body, Knowledge, Faith, Ethics and Aesthetics, and Society--and under these headings, it considers such subjects as Time and Space, Feelings and Emotions, Induction and Deduction, the Afterlife, Love and Friendship, and Crime and Punishment. Indeed, the contributors discuss all of the most important issues in the history of philosophy, shedding light on what the great thinkers have written about them. There are special sections on some of the most important philosophers who ever lived--Aristotle and Descartes, Locke and Hume, Spinoza and Pascal, Schopenhauer and Sartre, Foucault and Rawls--along with portraits or photographs of each. In addition, the book includes special features on major philosophical works, such as Descartes' Meditations or Plato's Symposium, and on interesting philosophical concepts, such as "the Gambler's Fallacy" or Sartre's example of the waiter and the loss of individuality. A perfect starting point for the exploration of philosophical thought, Philosophy offers life-changing perspectives on some of the great questions, from the nature of the mind to the morality of cloning and stem-cell more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 175.26 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 725.74g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • 0195368851
  • 9780195368857
  • 441,638

About Professor of Philosophy David Papineau

David Papineau is Professor of Philosophy at King's College, University of more

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"It's hard to resist.... This compelling treatment of a difficult subject will provide readers with hours of stimulation."--School Library Journal Curriculum Connections"Lavishly illustrated with color photographs on approximately every other page, this is a handsome volume....This beautifully done resource will serve as a useful introduction to major philosophical issues."--CHOICE"The authors do a superb job of presenting their material.... Written by scholars for an educated audience, this volume offers a solid introduction to the questions and methods of philosophy in the Western tradition, complete with a detailed index and a first-rate bibliography worthy of a university press."--Virginian Pilot"A daunting subject? Perhaps, but no browser will be able to resist the stunning design here: gorgeous full-color photos, many text boxes, and concise captions that inform and interest. These and the lucid writing, with multiple examples and illuminating analogies, will engage readers and provoke them into thought before they know it.... This work is both accessible and challenging: the lexicon is demanding, and the ideas will provide mental exercise for all readers.... This most attractive volume makes its discipline irresistible." -- School Library Journal (starred review)"This is a good introduction to the whole world of philosophy; it contains analysis, historical and biographical background, with illustrations."--Milwaukee Journal Sentinelshow more

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