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50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series)
 
 

50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know series) [Kindle Edition]

Ben Durpé
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Have you ever lain awake at night fretting over how we can be sure of the reality of the external world? Perhaps we are in fact disembodied brains, floating in vats at the whim of some deranged puppet-master?

If so, you are not alone - and what's more, you are in exalted company. For this question and others like it have been the stuff of philosophical rumination for centuries, from Plato to Popper.

In a series of accessible and engaging essays, 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know introduces and explains the problems of knowledge, consciousness, identity, ethics, belief, justice and aesthetics that have troubled the minds of great thinkers for centuries, from the ancient Greeks to the present day.

Contents include: The brain in a vat, Plato's cave, Cogito ergo sum, The mind-body problem, The boo/hurrah theory, Ends and means, The categorical imperative, Acts and omissions, The rights of animals, The gambler's fallacy, Paradigm shifts, Occam's razor, Positive and negative freedom, Theories of punishment and Just war.

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Have you ever lain awake at night fretting over how we can be sure of the reality of the external world? Perhaps we are in fact disembodied brains, floating in vats at the whim of some deranged puppet-master? If so, you are not alone - and what's more, you are in exalted company. For this question and other ones like it have been the stuff of philosophical rumination from Plato to Popper. In a series of accessible and engagingly written essays, "50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know" introduces and explains the problems of knowledge, consciousness, identity, ethics, belief, justice and aesthetics that have engaged the attention of thinkers from the era of the ancient Greeks to the present day.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 367 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 208 Seiten
  • Verlag: Quercus (2. August 2007)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005ELTZXI
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen sehr gute, systematische Übersicht 12. Oktober 2013
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Das Buch ist sehr gut und verständlich geschrieben. Es bietet eine gute, systematische Übersicht über die wichtigsten philosophischen Konzepte, der gegenwärtigen (akademischen) Diskurse.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 50 ideas are introduced in an entertaining manner 11. Dezember 2007
Von Tom S. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is not a book of in-depth philosophy. 50 ideas are introduced, but only briefly, with four pages allotted to each idea. These four pages are enough to introduce each idea and get the reader to thinking about them. The 50 ideas are grouped into several sections, namely:
· Problems of knowledge
· Mind matters
· Ethics
· Logic and reasoning
· Science
· Aesthetics
· Religion
· Politics, Justice and Society

Some of the ideas covered in these sections are:
· The Ship of Theseus (When all of the pieces of the ship are replaced is what is now present the same ship?)
· The Turing Test for artificial intelligence.
· Do animals have rights?
· The ontological argument.
· Hobbes' Leviathan.
· The prisoners dilemma (game theory)
· Various logical paradoxes

I found the writing clear and the book highly readable and entertaining. In addition to text, each idea is supplemented with boxes containing some extended discussion of a particular point and some quotations concerning the idea. While someone better versed in philosophy than I may find this book overly superficial. I found that it introduced each idea with a minimum of the mind numbing jargon associated with philosophy. Many of the sections got me to think about things in a new light and made me want to learn more about the ideas that were introduced. I thus recommend this book to those who just want an introduction to 50 philosophy ideas, but are not yet willing to tackle philosophy head-on and in-depth. (Be warned, however, that the section on religion takes on a decidedly anti-theist tone, which may be troublesome reading for some readers. On the other hand, others may find this section quite illuminating.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thought provoking 21. August 2008
Von Peter D. Albert - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have always felt philosophy to be extremely practical and important. My biggest criticisms are that philosopher's tend to make it hard to digest, and that it is taught historically rather than by ideas (except for the entertaining novel "Sophie's World," Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (FSG Classics)which brings the history of philosophy to life.)
Now along comes this delightful volume: clear, well-written, and entertaining. I could not think of a better selection of the most important ideas, or imagine a better treatment. If there were a weekly discussion group around this book, I would go to every meeting!
Bravo!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen How can we be sure of the reality of the external world? 8. August 2008
Von Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If this question has never crossed your mind, then perhaps you need read no further. On the other hand, if you are intrigued about how people can debate the reality of existence (and why) then this may be just the book to introduce you to some fascinating philosophical ideas.

This book is not an exhaustive exploration of philosophy, nor does it attempt a detailed explanation of the ideas introduced. What it does do, and does very well, is introduce fifty separate ideas under nine different headings providing good coverage of some of the most influential thinking documented.

The headings are:
Problems of Knowledge (including the veil of perception and cogito ergo sum)
Mind Matters (including the mind-body problem and the Turing test)
Ethics (including Hume's guillotine and the golden rule)
Animal Rights (do animals feel pain? and do animals have rights?)
Logic and Meaning (including forms of argument and the barber's paradox)
Science (including paradigm shifts and Occam's razor)
Aesthetics (including what is art?)
Religion (including the argument from design and the freewill defence)
Politics, Justice and Society (including positive and negative freedom and the difference principle)

My sentimental favourites are cogito ergo sum, and Occam's razor. But there is much within this book to appeal - including a timeline for the ideas discussed. Mr Dupre's essays are well-written, easy to follow and invite the reader to think and to question.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Just what I was looking for 6. Februar 2010
Von Kevin Lawrence - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Even if you already know the 50 ideas, this neat little book makes for a fun read. It's a great book to share with your less philosophical friends and family or at least challenge them with the ethical dilemmas within.

I bought two of the other books in the series (maths & physics)but they were too dumbed down to be interesting to someone who already knows the material. This one hit the spot exactly.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great coffee table book 12. Februar 2011
Von pilot27k - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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First encountered this book at a Zen tearoom and found it fascinating. Put it on my Amazon wishlist when I returned home. It is a good buy for those who know little about philosophy but want to know something. Also, it makes a good coffee table book as it generates discussion.
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