Think : A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy, Paperback Book

Think : A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy Paperback

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This is a book about the big questions in life: knowledge, consciousness, fate, God, truth, goodness, justice.

It is for anyone who believes there are big questions out there, but does not know how to approach them. Think sets out to explain what they are and why they are important.

Simon Blackburn begins by putting forward a convincing case for the study of philosophy and goes on to give the reader a sense of how the great historical figures such as Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Wittgenstein have approached its central themes.

Each chapter explains a major issue, and gives the reader a self-contained guide through the problems that philosophers have studied.

The large scope of topics covered range from scepticism, the self, mond and body, and freedom to ethics and the arguments surrounding the existence of God.

Lively and approachable, this book is ideal for all those who want to learn how the basic techniques of thinking shape our existence.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: History of Western philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780192854254

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An excellent and very interesting read. I can't quite justify five stars, however, as it does not seem to be as geared-up for absolute beginners to the topic as it claims to be. I did appreciate the way that all the philosophical fields that were discussed were arranged with neat - secular titles - and I have to give Simon Blackburn great credit for his obvious passion and enthusiasm.It was nice to see an introductory volume that had no other axe to grind than an earnest desire to make an incredibly complex field somewhat more accessible to the lay-person. My only quibble is whether or not it actually succeeded.Not quite - but an excellent effort.

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He sometimes makes assertions without really examining both pros and cons e.g. the existence (or not) of the soul.Too often he defends a position rather than examining the evidence.

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