We constantly disagree with each other on life's biggest questions.
Does God exist? Should the latest scientific findings be trusted? Are there innate psychological differences between men and women?
Is it morally acceptable to eat meat? Helen Beebee and Michael Rush explain philosophy's role in addressing these questions and many more.
In four entertaining chapters, they consider what it means to be human, how we should engage in public debate, philosophy's relationship with science and religion, and the nature of our moral choices.
Far from being only an abstract, theoretical endeavour, philosophy engages with these issues on a practical level, and philosophers draw inspiration from everyday, real-life situations.
At its core, philosophy is about how to live and how to make sense of the world we inhabit.
It is a set of tools and techniques for clearly and systematically considering our arguments and uncovering our hidden assumptions, which helps us to make more informed choices about what to believe and how to act.
Philosophy is everywhere, and open to everyone.