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Logic : a Very Short Introduction (00 Edition)
Logic : a Very Short Introduction (00 Edition)
by Graham Priest
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Logic is often perceived as having little to do with the rest of philosophy, and even less to do with real life. In this lively and accessible introduction, Graham Priest shows how wrong this conception is. He explores the philosophical roots of the... (read more)

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Political Philosophy : a Very Short Introduction (03 Edition)
Political Philosophy : a Very Short Introduction (03 Edition)
by David Miller
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This Very Short Introduction introduces readers to the key concepts of political philosophy: authority, democracy, freedom and its limits, justice, feminism, multiculturalism, and nationality. Accessibly written and assuming no previous knowledge of the... (read more)

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Ancient Philosophy : a Very Short Introduction (00 Edition)
Ancient Philosophy : a Very Short Introduction (00 Edition)
by Julia Annas
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The tradition of ancient philosophy is a long, rich and varied one, in which the notes of discussion and argument constantly resound. This book introduces ancient debates, engaging us with the ancient developments of their themes. Moving away from the... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #79: Plato: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #79: Plato: A Very Short Introduction
by Julia Annas
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This lively and accessible book focuses on the philosophy and argument of Plato's writings, drawing the reader into Plato's way of doing philosophy and the general themes of his thinking. It discusses Plato's style of writing: his use of the dialogue... (read more)

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Poststructuralism : Very Short Intro (02 Edition)
Poststructuralism : Very Short Intro (02 Edition)
by Catherine Belsey
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Poststructuralism changes the way we understand the relations between human beings, their culture, and the world. Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and poststructuralism, this Very Short Introduction traces... (read more)

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Consciousness : Very Short Introduction (05 Edition)
Consciousness : Very Short Introduction (05 Edition)
by Susan Blackmore
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"The last great mystery for science," consciousness has become a controversial topic. Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction challenges readers to reconsider key concepts such as personality, free will, and the soul. How can a physical brain create our... (read more)

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Kant (82 Edition)
Kant (82 Edition)
by Roger Scruton
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Immanuel Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but is also one of the most difficult. In this illuminating Very Short Introduction, Roger Scruton--a well-known and controversial philosopher in his own right--tackles his exceptionally... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #62: Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #62: Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction
by Christopher Janaway
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Schopenhauer is considered to be the most readable of German philosophers. This book gives a succinct explanation of his metaphysical system, concentrating on the original aspects of his thought, which inspired many artists and thinkers including... (read more)

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Habermas : Very Short Introduction (05 Edition)
Habermas : Very Short Introduction (05 Edition)
by James Gordon Finlayson
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Jürgen Habermas is the most renowned living German philosopher. This book aims to give a clear and readable overview of his philosophical work. It analyzes both the theoretical underpinnings of Habermas's social theory, and its more concrete... (read more)

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Machiavelli : a Very Short Introduction (81 Edition)
Machiavelli : a Very Short Introduction (81 Edition)
by Quentin Skinner
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Niccolo Machiavelli taught that political leaders must be prepared to do evil that good may come of it, and his name has been a byword ever since for duplicity and immorality. Is his sinister reputation deserved? In answering this question Quentin... (read more)

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Nietzsche : a Very Short Introduction (94 Edition)
Nietzsche : a Very Short Introduction (94 Edition)
by Michael Tanner
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The philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was almost wholly neglected during his sane life, which ended abruptly in 1889. Since then he has been appropriated as an icon by an astonishingly diverse spectrum of people, whose interpretations of his... (read more)

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Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Thomas Flynn
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Thomas Flynn's pithy account of existentialism and the existentialist movement aims right at the core of the philosophy, revealing and explaining the key themes and key thinkers.... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #74: Postmodernism
Very Short Introductions #74: Postmodernism
by Christopher Butler
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 129-131) and index.... (read more)

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Presocratic Philosophy : Very Short Introduction (04 Edition)
Presocratic Philosophy : Very Short Introduction (04 Edition)
by Catherine Osborne
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A lively and thematic (rather than chronological), treatment of early Greek philosophy.... (read more)

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Socrates : a Very Short Introduction (98 Edition)
Socrates : a Very Short Introduction (98 Edition)
by C.c.w. Taylor
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In this book, Christopher Taylor explores the relationship between the historical Socrates and the engaging and infuriating figure who appears in Plato's dialogues, and examines the enduring image of Socrates as the ideal exemplar of the philosophic life-... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #67: Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #67: Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction
by Samir Okasha
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What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with... (read more)

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Very Short Introductions #43: Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
Very Short Introductions #43: Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
by Simon Critchley
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In this enlightening new Very Short Introduction, Simon Critchley shows us that Continental philosophy encompasses a distinct set of philosophical traditions and practices, with a compelling range of problems all too often ignored by the analytic... (read more)

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Free Will : Very Short Introduction (04 Edition)
Free Will : Very Short Introduction (04 Edition)
by Thomas Pink
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Every day we seem to make and act upon all kinds of choices: some trivial, others so consequential that they change the course of one's life, or even the course of history. But are these choices really free, or are we compelled to act the way we do by... (read more)

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Philosophy : a Very Short Introduction (02 Edition)
Philosophy : a Very Short Introduction (02 Edition)
by Edward Craig
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How ought we to live? What really exists? How do we know? This book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of... (read more)

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Hume : Very Short Introduction (01 Edition)
Hume : Very Short Introduction (01 Edition)
by Alfred J. Ayer
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Hume's "naturalist" approach to a wide variety of philosophical topics resulted in highly original theories about perception, self-identity, causation, morality, politics, and religion, all of which are discussed in this stimulating introduction by A.J... (read more)

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