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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 5 edition (31 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415693160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415693165
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nigel Warburton (1962 - ). Nigel Warburton is a freelance philosopher and podcaster and bestselling author of several popular introductory Philosophy books including A Little History of Philosophy, Philosophy: The Basics, Thinking from A to Z, Philosophy: The Classics, Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction, Philosophy: Basic Readings, Freedom: An Introduction with Readings, and The Art Question. He has also co-edited two books based on his popular Philosophy podcast which he makes with David Edmonds 'Philosophy Bites'. On Twitter he his @philosophybites, and he runs the weblogs Virtual Philosopher and Art and Allusion. His other podcasts include Social Science Bites, Free Speech Bites, Everyday Philosophy, and Philosophy: The Classics - all available on iTunes.

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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

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Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer at The Open University. He is author of several books for Routledge including Philosophy: The Classics, Philosophy: Basic Readings, Thinking from A–Z, and The Basics of Essay Writing.


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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov. 2001
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I have just embarked on a two year philosophy A-Level course and i am using Warburton's book as a stepping stone to discoving many aspects of philosophy. The clarity and use of language makes this book easy for anyone to understand, not just academics. It allows easy access to the world of philosophy unlike so many other books on this topic. Well done Nigel!
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126 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Victor Chua on 23 Sept. 2001
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Context: I always wanted to do a philosophy degree, but other subjects always seemed more practical. So at the age of 32, after a BA, MB, BChir, and MRCS, I started reading with the help of Warburton's book and a couple of philosophy PhD students at Cambridge.
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.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 10 Sept. 2002
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I have just completed an ethics and philosophy A Level for which I used this book. The book itself is clear and concise, making it excellent revision material. It covers all of the standard need to know topics and does so in an intelligent, factual manner! Definitly use this for A Level standards although I would not reccomend using it as a basis for research as it simply isn't detailed enough.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sept. 2000
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Like many others I always considered philosophy a topic for the high intellects of the world. After reading this book I have come to realise that philosophy is a topic which most of us deal with every day without ever knowing it, and more than that ... it is something that EVERYONE can do! Nigel has written a clear and easy to understand blow by blow account of the very basics of the subject while managing to aviod the patronising tone that one often associates with many other books of this kind. A must for anyone coming to philosophy for the first time
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr on 16 Dec. 1999
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I am a 1st year theology student who always considered philosophy too high brow to even comtemplate reading.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Murray on 6 Feb. 2014
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I bought this book after a philosophical discussion with family and friends. The subject had never interested me much. I was under the impression that philosophy was how to argue about anything wither right or wrong and that it had no purpose or need. How wrong was I, VERY, Once I started reading I couldn't stop. The book is filled with many thought provoking theories and fairly discusses each side of every argument with respect.

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.

Great book.
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 July 2001
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I went to school with Nigel, and remember sitting with him in a physics 'O' level class . The physics master began to refer to Newton's second law, when Warburton began to question certain underlying assumptions which Newton had made -much to the master's dismay and the class's mirth! Nigel hasn't looked back, and his book will continue to be of great value to me as I continue in my own theological studies. Thank you, Nigel.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 2000
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A great read and a brillient introduction to philosophy. Nigel Warburton explains each subject clearly and the book makes you think about the world arund you and what you thought you knew. It's also very addictive, I've already bought two more of Nigel Warburton's books.
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