Philosophy, Paperback Book
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In this book: "Philosophy is like fish: best presented without too much adornment; hard to get just right and easy to ruin." What's the point of it all?

In Philosophy: All That Matters, bestselling philosopher Julian Baggini shows how abstract ideas feed into the most important existential questions of all.

He tells the story of Philosophy, bringing together and interlinking all its different areas, to create what is perhaps the first non-historical narrative of the subject -- one that takes you right to its heart.

It places philosophy firmly at the centre of what makes us human.

From ethics and metaphysics, to the philosophy of science and religion, Baggini explains what makes us different to other species, why philosophy lies at the heart of that difference, and why that matters.

This accessible and readable book will appeal to both students and general readers, giving a fascinating taste of philosophy -- and what matters most within it.

The All That Matters series: All That Matters books: All books in the All That Matters series are written by world experts in their subject field. These experts work to distil a topic and get right to its heart, making the book accessible for both students and general readers. Each compelling book contains new and interesting perspectives and tells stories that matter.

The Author: "one of our most lucid and accessible popularisers of philosophy" Julian Baggini is a philosopher, author and journalist, who was recently named on the Observer's list of Britain's top public intellectuals.

His doctorate was from University College London on the philosophy of personal identity, and his books have been published globally and translated into twelve languages.

Baggini is widely regarded as one of our most lucid and accessible popularisers of philosophy.

His work appears regularly in the Guardian, Prospect and the New Humanist, and he founder The Philosophers Magazine.

Julian has also appeared as a character in an Alexander McCall Smith novel, and been the subject of a question in University Challenge.

Keep up with Julian Baggini on his website or follow his Twitter account @microphilosophy. Other books in the All That Matters series: All That Matters - Interesting introductions to important issues Books on the following subjects are available from the All That Matters series: Muhammad, Water, Political Philosophy, Sustainability, God, Intelligence, Love, Russian Revolution, War, and Creativity.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Philosophy
  • ISBN: 9781444155839

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I love this series. To be honest, I have only read two of the books to date; this one and God. These are small books - around 120 pages and they cover big topics. The idea is not to produce the one, definitive book that you will ever need to read upon a subject, but rather, to whet the appetite: if you read one of these tomes and are not drawn into numerous other publications and information sources, then the theme is not one for you to pursue!Julian Baggini does an excellent job of introducing the two founding fathers of philosophic thought, Plato and his pupil, Aristotle. He gives a brief description of their beliefs, where they agree and where they differ and then, moves on to ten of the most commonly argued issues of philosophy. For each, he puts an overview of the different ideas that have been expounded over the years and introduces the reader to philosophers through the ages. This makes for an excellent introduction to the subject but, if the reader already knows a little, then it provides a perfect backdrop for the work of any philosopher that you happen to choose.The, "All That Matters" series is an excellent, thought provoking collection of books and, if the two that I have read are anything to go by, an education within small covers. I shall eagerly search for more titles in the series.