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Nigel Warburton
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2 Dec 2004
Nigel Warburton brings philosophy to life with an imaginative selection of philosophical writings on key topics. Philosophy: Basic Readings is the ideal introduction to some of the most accessible and thought-provoking pieces in philosophy, both contemporary and classic.

The second edition of Philosophy: Basic Readings has been expanded to include new pieces in each major area of philosophy:
· What is philosophy?
· God
· Right and wrong
· The external world
· Science
· Mind
· Art

The readings in Philosophy: Basic Readings complement the chapters in Philosophy: The Basics (4th edition 2004).

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (2 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415337984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415337984
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nigel Warburton (1962 - ). Nigel Warburton is a freelance philosopher and podcaster and bestselling author of several popular introductory Philosophy books including A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: The Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: The Classics, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction, Philosophy: Basic Readings, Freedom: An Introduction with Readings, and The Art Question. He has also co-edited two books based on his popular Philosophy podcast which he makes with David Edmonds 'Philosophy Bites'. On Twitter he his @philosophybites, and he runs the weblogs Virtual Philosopher and Art and Allusion. His other podcasts include Social Science Bites, Free Speech Bites, Everyday Philosophy, and Philosophy: The Classics - all available on iTunes.

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'Students will most likely find the readings understandable and interesting. Teachers will be happy to have so many fine readings from which to choose.'
- Harry Gensler, Times Higher Educational Supplement

'The quality of Warburton's anthology is surely sufficient to silence the doubters who continue to believe philosophy cannot be popularised without being deformed. Philosophy: Basic Readings has filled a long-running vacancy for an introduction to philosophy that can be recommended without caveat or qualification.' - Julian Baggini, Times Educational Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Nigel Warburton is the author of the bestsellers Philosophy: The Basics (4th edition), Thinking from A-Z (2nd edition), Philosophy: The Classics (2nd edition) and The Art Question, all published by Routledge. He is a senior lecturer at The Open University

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction 4 April 2003
Format:Paperback
As a newcomer to philosophy I find this an absorbing and approachable book. I imagine it would be suitable for reading cover-to-cover or dipping into. The selections are stimulating without being too daunting, and Warburton has minimised his own commentary, making for a book that shows rather than telling, and also invites you to join in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL SELECTION 1 Sep 2003
Format:Paperback
A review by Luciano Lupini. A truly wonderful selection of readings about philosophy and philosophy's central issues by professor Nigel Warburton. Very highly recommended for those that want to enhance their knowledge and have a better understanding of the basic topics that torture human mind, without having to yawn and dwell with dull or inextricable texts, as it happens with other anthologies, of a more complex and ambitious structure (which usually remain unread). This compilation indeed lives up to the purpose that the author set up to accomplish, as it is set forth in the Preface: "My aim has been to select writing that will repay study, and which is, above all interesting. Part of the point of this anthology is to demonstrate philosophy in action.."
The book is divided in eight parts, if you count the Introduction about the topic "What is Philosophy ?", as one. Here, scope, method and value of P. are presented through writings by Warnock, Mellor,Ayer and the Earl Russell. Then the subject of God, its existence and the discussion about the proofs of God is left to the writings of Pascal, Gardner, Mackie, Swinburne, Hume and Dawkins. Another section deals with ethics and morals, titled "Wright and Wrong". Other sections dwell with the subjects of Politics, The External World, Science, the Mind and, finally, Art. Each section has a brief and balanced introduction by the author. Here, again, he accomplishes the task of setting the basic mainframe to aid the reader, and refrains from providing a resume that, in other anthologies, enables the reader to dispense with the reading of the material itself.....
This selection can be read with relative ease and constitutes a fresh and modern approach to the divulgation of philosophy. Kudos to professor Warburton !
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction to why philosophy matters 26 Feb 2010
By Massimo Pigliucci - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm using this book for a "Philosophical Problems" type course at the introductory undergraduate level, and it works very well. I do think that some of the choices of essays could have been better (Sartre's piece from No Exit is good, but doesn't really address explicitly the philosophical issues, and Borges' story about Cervantes is just downright bizarre). Still, most of the essays are accessible to the student or reader without philosophical background, are engaging, and more importantly show why philosophy matters to our lives. One simply has to be brain dead not to care about questions surrounding the existence of god, morality, justice, democracy, aesthetics, and so on. The Kindle version is a bit unwieldy if you take a lot of notes and highlight many passages, the page turning becomes *very* slow, though I'm sure this is a software/hardware issue that will be fixed in the future as more people use the device for teaching. I think the author is about to put out a new edition of the book soon, and I'm looking forward to compare it with the current one in terms of choices and topics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Primer 19 Aug 2000
By Azlan Adnan - Published on Amazon.com
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Philosophy is an exhilarating subject to study as it challenges previously unquestioned beliefs, develops transferable thinking skills, and gives students a chance to interact with the ideas of some of the greatest thinkers known to humanity. One reason for it being such a stimulating subject is that in order to study it you have to enter into the debate rather than observe it from the sidelines.
This anthology of basic philosophical readings is ideal for anyone coming to philosophy for the first time as it demonstrates philosophy in action. Nigel Warburton brings philosophy to life with an imaginative selection of 44 philosophical writings on key topics by such renown philosophers as A.J. Ayer, Bertrand Russell, Blaise Pascal, David Hume, Richard Dawkins, Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Hobbes, René Descartes, George Berkeley, Karl Popper and Ludwig Wittgenstein. These carefully chosen readings are easy to understand, are accessible and will give the reader a thorough understanding of philosophy.
The aim has not been comprehensive coverage of all the central topics in philosophy, but rather interesting coverage of a selection of topics. Each chapter considers a key area of philosophy grouped under the following themes: * What is philosophy? * God * Right and wrong * Politics * The external world * Science * Mind * Art
Each theme in this book complements the sections in the companion volume Philosophy: The Basics (3rd edition 1999) by the same author.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL AND USABLE SELECTION 26 May 2003
By Luciano Lupini - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A truly wonderful selection of readings about philosophy and philosophy's central issues by professor Nigel Warburton. Very highly recommended for those that want to enhance their knowledge and have a better understanding of the basic topics that torture human mind, without having to yawn and dwell with dull or inextricable texts, as it happens with other anthologies, of a more complex and ambitious structure (which usually remain unread). This compilation indeed lives up to the purpose that the author set up to accomplish, as it is set forth in the Preface: "My aim has been to select writing that will repay study, and which is, above all interesting. Part of the point of this anthology is to demonstrate philosophy in action.."
The book is divided in eight parts, if you count the Introduction about the topic "What is Philosophy ?", as one. Here, scope, method and value of P. are presented through writings by Warnock, Mellor,Ayer and the Earl Russell. Then the subject of God, its existence and the discussion about the proofs of God is left to the writings of Pascal, Gardner, Mackie, Swinburne, Hume and Dawkins. Another section deals with ethics and morals, titled "Wright and Wrong". Other sections dwell with the subjects of Politics, The External World, Science, the Mind and, finally, Art. Each section has a brief and balanced introduction by the author. Here, again, he accomplishes the task of setting the basic mainframe to aid the reader, and refrains from providing a resume that, in other anthologies, enables the reader to dispense with the reading of the material itself.....
This selection can be read with relative ease and constitutes a fresh and modern approach to the divulgation of philosophy. Kudos to professor Warburton ! As reviewed by Luciano Lupini.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic for College 29 Aug 2010
By cyramoon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although theres a lot of writing in the book, it's just perfect for class. It's also nice how inexpensive it was, as well.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nigel 25 Oct 2010
By Isn't it obvious - Published on Amazon.com
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For someone as erudite as Nigel, I'm surprised that he would confuse an op-ed piece for valid philosophy.
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