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Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) [Paperback]

Peter Cave
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6 Sep 2012 Beginner's Guides

Philosophy, the “love of wisdom”, is the product of our endless fascination and curiosity about the world – the child of wonder. Through it, we seek to answer the most fundamental of questions: How do we know what we know? Does God exist? What is beauty? How should we live our lives? What am I?


In this exhilarating tour, Peter Cave navigates all the main topics of philosophy with verve and clarity. Using witty and whimsical examples, including stoical sofas and Reg, the “regular” human, who just happens to carry his brain in a rucksack, Cave provides a welcome antidote to the dry textbook while covering everything from political philosophy to points of logic. Interspersed with helpful textboxes and underlining the enduring relevance of philosophy to us all, there is no better introduction for the aspiring sage.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications; Reprint edition (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851689370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851689378
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 375,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucid and finely crafted. Engagingly presented and admirably concise --John Cottingham Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Reading

Perfect. I wish this book had been my introduction to philosophy. It raises all the essential philosophical questions in a lively, engaging, and accessible way. --William Irwin Professor of Philosophy, King s College, Pennsylvania and General Editor of The Blackwell Philosophy and Popular Culture Series

Excellent... Careful, reflective, clear, and entertaining. --Timothy Chappell Professor of Philosophy, Open University


"Perfect. I wish this book had been my introduction to philosophy. It raises all the essential philosophical questions, issues, and problems in a lively, engaging, and accessible way."

(William Irwin - Professor of Philosophy, King's College Pennsylvania and Editor of The Blackwell)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Beginner's Guide 10 Sep 2013
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This is a good beginner's guide to the subject - maybe not as easy to read as some of the philosophy books with cartoons or images in; and I'd always recommend Mark Steel's TV programme which whizzes through the philosophers with humour and fun (clips are on Youtube). But in general, this is possibly the best book to start studying philosophy with - for younger students especially.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound and entertaining 23 Mar 2013
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I wish there were more philosophical guide books like this: a good structure, sound information, and great fun to read!
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