- Hardcover: 184 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 4 edition (20 May 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415327725
- ISBN-13: 978-0415327725
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,434,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Philosophy: The Basics deservedly remains the most recommended introductionto philosophy on the market. Warburton is patient, accurate and, above all, clear. There is no better short introduction to philosophy.' - Stephen Law
About the Author
Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer at the Open University. He is editor of Philosophy: Basics Readings, co-author of Reading Political Philosophy and author of Philosophy: The Classics, Thinking from A-Z, Freedom: An Introduction with Readings, The Art Question and Ernö Goldfinger: The Life of An Architect.
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The book: Short, crisp, lays out philosophical positions well. A wonderful starting and jumping-off point and organiser when you don't have the structure of an academic course to follow. I would recommend it to people with similar requirements to me. However, remember that philosophy needs to be discussed, not merely read. My first mistake was to treat philosophy as a body of knowledge to be acquired, much as science and medicine was.
Warburton's books helped me overcome my concerns. He demythologises philosophy and gives beginners like me an opportunity to get to grips with concepts of philosophy.
Warburton helped me to a greater understanding in many areas. The first was the ontological argument. I read Anselm's Proslogion alongside Warburton's explanation and things became clear.
Do not expect to be given answers, the one thing about philosophy is that you have to think for yourself. The seeds that Warburton gives facilitate independant thought. The philosophical questions that last sentence generates is a point in fact.
The book is aimed at those with little or no knowledge of philosophy and covers the major/popular areas of philosophy. The author keeps advanced Latin jargon and abbreviations to a minimum and clearly explains, when used, their meanings in brackets throughout the book.
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Although I already have a Philosophy degree this book was a great little recap of areas I had forgotten about and a great introduction to areas I hadn't the opportunity to look... Read morePublished 1 month ago by DJRodger
In every readers life there comes a point that you regret ever learning to read. You read something so bad, so ignorant that your mind can barely comprehend that the writers intent... Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Stringer
Excellent book which made revision so much easier. An invaluable resource for AS level.Published 4 months ago by Sharon M Farquhar
Brilliant for beginners , and as an easy overview for those with basic knowledge.Published 6 months ago by Annabel Kingsbury
Very interesting book and just what I needed as a beginner in terms of studying philosophy. However, for a small book and covering the basics only I feel it is very over priced at... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kaz