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50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know [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.

About the Author

Ben Dupré read Classics at Exeter College, Oxford before pursuing a career in reference publishing. He was Children's Reference Publisher at Oxford University Press from 1992 until 2004 and, all told, has more than 20 years' experience of bringing complex and challenging concepts to the widest possible audience.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 367 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (2 Aug 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ELTZXI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ben Dupré read Classics at Exeter College, Oxford before pursuing a career in reference publishing. He was Children's Reference Publisher at Oxford University Press from 1992 until 2004 and, all told, has more than 20 years' experience of bringing complex and challenging concepts to the widest possible audience.


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEED IT READ! 20 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am only a teenager,(I don't read extremely complex/ degree level books etc.) but this book is very easy to read and to understand. It is split up into 50 sections on the topics: 'Problems of knowledge', 'Mind matters', 'Ethics', 'Animal Rights', 'Logic and meaning', 'Science', 'Aesthetics', 'Religion' and 'Politics, Justice and Society'. These sub-heading allow you to read how you wish (read what you want to read).
At the beginning of every 'Idea' there is a short paragraph that summarizes the 'Idea', this is so helpful.
I read 1 'Idea' a night before I go to bed and only 1 so that from the time when I finish the section to the time I fall asleep I can think about the 'Idea'. Unlike most people of my age I look forward to reading this book and opening my mind. This book gives you a different perspective of life and the world around you, it's mind-blowing!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A great book 29 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
Studying for a psychology degree, one of our modules was philosophy. This book was fantastic to help me understand philiosophy, it gives you the basics in a readable understandable format, and gives you a good understanding of philosophy before you hit the hard stuff. All round this book made philosophy for me a pleasurable and understandable subject and spurned me on to read more. Had I picked up a philosophy text first i probably would have cried. Thank You Ben Dupre, you sold philosophy to me.

Sarah
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Western philosophy for the uninitiated 19 May 2009
By Steve
Format:Hardcover
A fascinating - and more to the point, enjoyable - collection of 50 essays, each spanning 4 pages and accompanied with various sidepanels, quotations and notes. From slippery slopes to the prisoner's dilemma, from the cosmological argument to animal rights, Dupré brings a welcome clarity to questions that we should all care about. If you're looking for an accessible introduction to the ideas of Plato, Descartes, Hume and other influential thinkers throughout history, and if you don't know your consequentialist from your deontologist, this is a superb starting point.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought 28 Mar 2008
Format:Hardcover
This book presents the reader with 50 short and to-the-point essays on philosophy ideas. Dupre draws upon significant published works and discusses the meaning of them, also comparing the differences between older and newer studies. I found it to be well written with useful factual information, as well as specualtion on the thoughts and arguments that arise before and after a new idea is put forward. I was pleased to note that there is no hint of bias toward any particular school of thought, and empiricism, realism, dualism, naturalism, consequentialism...etc are all refered to in a relevant manner. I have little knowledge of philosophy but the essays reached out to me and I was able to understand them easily (and give them a lot of thought!). A wonderful starting point for students, beginners or anyone with a slight interest in how we think about life, the universe and everything.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version not worth buying. 14 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This review is of the Kindle version of this book. The content, book, writing etc - no complaints, plenty of reviews here will cover that.
HOWEVER, it just does not work on a Kindle.

Point 1 - The author constantly refers you to pages in the book - you can't search for these, the Kindle version has no page numbers. Bad.

Point 2 - Page formatting is poor, text quality is poor due to the need to try and see the width of a whole page.
I had to read this book with my Kindle rotated 90 degrees.

Point 3 - Graphics - the timelines made no sense unless you rotated the page 90 degrees and the selected the smallest font size to get it all on the page.

Unless you intend to buy the hardcopy and have the Kindle version for reference it's useless and hard to read.
I would not buy this for Kindle if I had the choice, and there will be more books out there that are the same.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and informative.. 12 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent introductory to anyone who wishes to study philosophy. It is a well-rounded and clearly thought out collective of philosophical ideas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge this book by it's cover..... 7 Jan 2011
By Den
Format:Hardcover
I loved reading this book, it's the sort of book you can pull off the shelf when you hit a slump, open the book at random and read up on any one of philosophy's big ideas. 'The writing style is easy going yet informative, no pretensions here, just good skill at getting the ideas across in an accessible format.

Brains in vats, aesthetics, religion, epistemology, a wide cross section of philosophy is covered and if nothing else this book will offer the reader an even greater appreciation of what philosophy can do and it's vital importance in the world.

Too much attention is paid to science, which gives us toys such as genetic babies, but cant answer whether we should actually choose to have genetic babies, that's where philosophy comes in.

Cracking, must read book for fun, inspiration or even a little escapism.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Every section in this book is well-written, clear, balanced and will cause you to think. And as the title of this review says, you can easily read a short section and come back to the book later without losing any value - although to be honest, the book is so well-written you won't want to stop reading and thinking!
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"50 philosophy ideas",is very good. It is very clear to follow and understand,and would be suitable for a beginner and for the well versed student:
Published 5 months ago by S Chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars The book to help us survive
Great little book with straightforward help for first time students of philosophy - even though I am retired. Recommended by our Tutor. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Malcolm Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I'm 14 and wanted to know some Philosophical terms/theories and this book is great for people like me who are new to philosophy, a great buy.
Published 7 months ago by Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction
I have been reading philosophy books on and off for about 30 years. Many of them are fascinating but dense and a struggle to understand. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. ap Rhisiart
5.0 out of 5 stars well written, visually pleasing
I bought this book as an introduction for my daughter who is studying Philosophy at A level soon. It is certainly well written and I love the lay out. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Antigone
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent basic introduction
A wide range of ideas are presented succinctly and with balance. An excellent introduction to the subject. Well worth a read.
Published 15 months ago by Chris Cooke
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair map of ideas
I read this as a primer and reviser sort of exercise and as such it is a useful and clear introduction to the range of philosophical ideas which matter. Read more
Published 24 months ago by yoblair
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I bought this book for my son as he is interested in philosophy and was recommended to read this. He is very happy with it and said it gives food for thought. Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by chattykat
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview
I found this to be pitched at an excellent level for the layman - sufficiently detailed to be continually interesting, without any unduly esoteric patches. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by anozama
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle issue only
The author's name is spelled incorrectly on the cover of the kindle edition. Irritating.Any chance of amending this on my kindle please?
Published on 19 May 2012 by knit2tog
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