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Philosophy Matters P [Paperback]

Roger Trigg
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20 Sep 2001
Written for those who may be approaching the subject for the first time, Philosophy Matters shows that philosophy is crucial in questioning our presuppositions, and for helping us to establish our own beliefs about the nature of the world.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (20 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631225463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631225461
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,667,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A bold, lucid and convincing introduction to the practice of philosophy. Without relying on unnecessary jargon and technicalities, Trigg guides readers into central, profound areas of philosophical concern. Philosophy, for Trigg, is not some idle, merely academic undertaking; philosophy matters when we try to think seriously about values, our place in the cosmos and the power and limits of science. This is a superb volume." Charles Taliaferro , St. Olaf College Roger Trigg, in Philosophy Matters (2002), confronts and elucidates the vital philosophical issues that shape our lives today. Common sense, he argues, depends on the philosophy of previous generations. Trigg illustrates how philosophy is a practical tool for understanding science, reason, the laws of nature, relativism, Darwinism, the human brain and mind. Trigg is a professor of philosophy at the University of Warwick." Science and Theology News, June 2004 " The book′s apparent simplicity easily belies its sophistication. Trigg′s opening chapter cleverly sets the scenefor what follows as well as providing useful background on the emergence of Western philosophy.This is an excellent book." Science and Christian Belief

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Written for those who may be approaching the subject for the first time, Philosophy Matters shows that philosophy is crucial in questioning our presuppositions, and for helping us to establish our own beliefs about the nature of the world. Anyone with an interest in the underlying philosophical origins of popular notions about reality is encouraged to read this book. Asserting that all too often we take ideas for granted, it shows how even "common sense" depends on the philosophy of previous generations. Philosophy Matters takes on the task of confronting and elucidating the important philosophical issues that play their part in guiding our lives today. In the process, it also shows that philosophy is not a sterile intellectual pursuit, but a particularly relevant and practical tool to be used in gaining knowledge of ourselves and our place in the world.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Trigg defends obsolete ideas 5 July 2012
Reading this book, it is obvious that the author is an intelligent man who has a deep sentimental attachment to those fictional objects of traditional piety, the gods of Judaeo-Christian mythology. Thus the advance of science is a problem for him, as it is for many religious believers, because the scientific world-view has demolished so much of the ancient account of human origins and the constitution of the universe which religions perpetuate. He admits that science 'works' - it makes discoveries, it explains phenomena and it enables us to build useful technologies, etc. He cannot deny it! (see p36 and following). It is entertaining to see how he wriggles around, trying to reconcile his acceptance of scientific progress with his addiction to pre-scientific folklore. Nevertheless, his comments on free-will and intentionality are interesting and raise serious issues about reasons versus causes and the limits of causal explanation. Unfortunately, those serious issues have nothing to do with ancient tales of supernatural agents, despite Trigg's best efforts to forge a connection. A more honest title for this book would be "My Doomed Attempt to Reconcile Modern Science and Ancient Mythology."
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4.0 out of 5 stars well argued to a standstill 15 Jun 2011
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This is a very enaging and well written book explaining deep and serious concepts in philosophy, beginning with the basic question, "What is philosophy?" The author then contires to examine the stroong imprints of experience and proof (empiricism) in the lives of man. His slant in the subsequent chapters aim towards the important question, "God or no God?" He thus discusses Darwinism, relativism (the idea of many truths), Materialism (the idea that only things material are real), and the concept of the brain and mind so that the question can be answered - the question whether we can know only that which is material. In the end, his conclusion is that we do not yet know, but philosophy can point a way, and help us decide.
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