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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 master-scientist? If so, you are not alone - and, what's more, you are in exalted company. For this troubling question and other ones like it - from the ship of Theseus to the 'other minds' problem, from Occam's razor to the barber paradox - have been the stuff of philosophical rumination from Plato to Putnam.
In a series of 50 accessible and lucidly written essays, Ben Dupré introduces and explains the problems of knowledge, consciousness, identity, ethics, belief, justice, language, meaning and aesthetics that have engaged the attention of thinkers from the era of the ancient Greeks to the present day.
Demystifying and entertaining, 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know is the perfect introduction to Western philosophy for the uninitiated, from a writer with a real gift for popularizing its often complex and challenging concepts.
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.
It's okay, but I really am finding it a bit heavy and difficult to graspPublished 3 months ago by Suzanne
A nice little summary of some of the most famous philosophical ideas.Published 6 months ago by K. Rayment
Good for dipping into every now and again. I have previously read many of the ideas but it is a good little book to dip into.Published 7 months ago by plo
Great value e-book I recommend this book if your new or novice to philosophy. Great introduction into the basic themes and conceptsPublished 7 months ago by secret K.
Very easy-to-digest summaries of some big (complex) ideas. Well-written and the layout makes it easy to read in small bites, getting the gist of the idea without becoming too... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amy Angus
"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 17 months ago by S Chadwick