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Philosophy (Eyewitness Companions) [Paperback]

Stephen Law
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5 April 2007 Eyewitness Companions

Examine the ideas and traditions of Western and Eastern thought

'Packed with all the information, advice and tips you'll need to get on your way.' Good times July/Aug

"Eyewitness Companions offer an essential reference library, perfect for novices or anyone who hust wants to know more about their favourite pastime." Heyday

A demystifying guide to a misunderstood subject. Learn to understand the major issues, theories and problems at the heart of philosophy and watch hard-to-grasp concepts come to life. Discover philosophers answers to the 'big questions' Where do we come from? What is the perfect model for society? What is the meaning of life?

Discover who's who and know all the major thinkers, from Aristotle to Zeno.

Use the 'toolkit' to exercise your mind, learn to talk the talk and construct and communicate philosophical arguments.

Start reading, start thinking.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405317639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405317634
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

From Stephen Law, author of The Philosophy Gym, The Philosophy Files, and The War for Children's Minds, and editor of the popular journal on philosophy, THINK.

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By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
Stephen Law, University of London lecturer and editor of THINK journal, has written a fascinating and accessible illustrated guide to philosophy. There are absorbing chapters on the history of philosophy, various branches of philosophy, a philosophy toolkit which explains how to acquire thinking skills and a useful 'Who's Who' summarising the lives and contributions of over 100 philosophers from Plato to Derrida.
This is one of the best introductions to philosophy that I've come across. Anyone beginning a course in philosophy or just wanting to gain some understanding of the subject could do no better than get hold of a copy of this intellectually stimulating and attractively produced book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy (Eyewitness Companions) 15 Dec 2013
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Good book. Does what it says on the tin! Good intro to philosophy Reasonably priced. Would recommend it to others
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good buy 17 Feb 2014
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the book is a useful reference so worth buying...as long as you don't have a sight problem (the font is very small!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with purchase 9 April 2013
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Very happy with the book. The explanations were brief but comprehensive enough to get a basic idea of the fundamentals of each theory.
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This book is a clear, well written illustrated introduction to most of Philosophy. As someone who has taught both Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Mathematical Methods, Relativity, Optics, Lasers, the Scientific Method, Philosophy of Science and other subjects for decades at a world class university, I was interested to see how it deals with the Philosophy of Science. It devotes 12 pages (p178-189) to this important topic.

The first 8 pages deal with some rather absurd critiques of the 18th century Philosopher David Hume who (as quoted) stated that "while we suppose what we have observed up to now can confirm our scientific theories, such observations do not in fact provide any confirmation at all". Further that the "theory" the earth goes around the sun is as rational as the "theory" that the earth's core is made of cheese! (Actually neither of these 2 statements qualifies as a "theory")

Hume claims that we have no rational reason to believe that the sun will "rise" to-morrow. This question is not even rationally framed:- The concept of the massive sun moving around tiny earth is as ridiculous as the tail wagging the dog - a fact recognized 23 centuries ago by Aristarchus of Samos! Aristarchus is the first known person to have determined the earth-sun distance and from it the size of the sun. From the fact that the sun is far bigger than the earth he correctly deduced the heliocentric view (that the earth moves around the sun, and spins on its own axis) as well as the fact that our sun is just one of very many stars.
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