Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback

Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction Paperback

Part of the Very Short Introductions series

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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, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of doing philosophy, explains how different areas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is done.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages, numerous halftones and line drawings
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780192854216



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This introduction was very short indeed but as the author intended succeeded in slaking my thirst for more philosophy. I appreciated the historical and chronological perspectives. That helped me to organize things in my head better. Also, the definitional approach to certain concepts like duality, materialism, or idealism were also extremely helpful. That gives me a general basis for knowing where my ideas fit in and helps me choose future philosophical works to consume.