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Here at last is a coherent, unintimidating introduction to the challenging and fascinating landscape of Western philosophy. Written expressly for "anyone who believes there are big questions out there, but does not know how to

approach them," Think provides a sound framework for exploring the most basic themes of philosophy, and for understanding how major philosophers have tackled the questions that have pressed themselves most forcefully on human consciousness.

Simon Blackburn, author of the best-selling Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, begins by making a convincing case for the relevance of philosophy and goes on to give the reader a sense of how the great historical figures such as Plato, Hume, Kant, Descartes, and others have approached its central themes. In a lively and accessible style, Blackburn

approaches the nature of human reflection and how we think, or can think, about knowledge, fate, ethics, identity, God, reason, and truth. Each chapter explains a major issue, and gives the reader a self-contained guide through the problems that the philosophers have studied. Because the text approaches these issues from the gound up, the untrained reader will emerge from its pages able to explore other philosophies with greater pleasure and understanding and be able to think--philosophically--for him or herself.

Philosophy is often dismissed as a purely academic discipline with no relation to the "real" world non-philosophers are compelled to inhabit. Think dispels this myth and offers a springboard for all those who want to learn how the basic techniques of thinking shape our virtually every aspect of our existence.

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The author of the bestselling "Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy" offers a coherent, non-intimidating introduction to the challenging and fascinating landscape of Western philosophy.

About the Author

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.

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

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192100245
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
Philosophy
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Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Philosophy | History | 20th C & Contemporary
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 halftones, 1 map, 91 color illus.
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
4.9 x 7 x 0.9 in 0.763 lb

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