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Think : A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 120 x 168 x 20mm | 281.23g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 0192854259
  • 9780192854254
  • 8,304

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 *show more

About Simon Blackburn

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.show more

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 ; Indexshow more

Review Text

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 Magazineshow more

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