Synopses & Reviews
From Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym
poses questions about some of history's most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging. He brings new perspectives to age-old conundrums while also tackling modern-day dilemmas -- some for the first time. Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a pickled sheep can truly be considered art, or dive right in and tackle the existence of God. In this radically new way of looking at philosophy, Stephen Law illustrates the problem with a story, then lets the argument battle it out in clear, easily digestible and intelligent prose. This perfect little mental health club is sure to give each reader's mind a great workout.
"A vivid, enlightening introduction to clear thinking." Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy
Unique and accessible explanations to some of life's biggest questions, obtained through a series of irresistable mental challenges
About the Author
is a lecturer in philosphy at the University of London, was formerly Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen's College, Oxford and received his doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Oxford.
Table of Contents
1. Where Did the Universe Come From?
2. What's Wrong with Gay Sex?
4. Is Time Travel Possible?
5. Into the Lair of the Relavist
6. Could a Machine Think?
7. Does God Exist?
8. The Strange Case of the Rational Dentist
9. But Is It Art?
10. Can We Have Morality without God and Religion?
11. Is Creationism Scientific?
12. Designer Babies
13. The Consciousness Conundrum
14. Why Expect the Sun to Rise Tomorrow?
15. Do We Ever Deserve to Be Punished?
16. The Meaning Mystery
17. Killing Mary to Save Jodie
18. The Strange Realm of Numbers
19. What Is Knowledge?
20. Is Morality Like a Pair of Spectacles?
21. Should You Be Eating That?
22. Brain Transplants, "Teleportation," and the Puzzle of Personal Identity
23. Miracles and the Supernatural
24. How to Spot Eight Everyday Reasoning Errors
25. Seven Paradoxes