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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press; 1st edition (22 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903765943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903765944
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,035,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* I received my Ph.D from Glasgow University in July 1998 for the thesis, 'The Emergence of Philosophical Inquiry in 18th Century Scotland'.
* My M.Phil was from Strathclyde University in 1993 for the thesis, 'Thomas Reid and the Foundations of Perceptual Knowledge'.

My most recent academic papers are:
* "World War One and the Loss of the Humanist Consensus", Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, Vol. 19 (2), Fall-Winter 2011, pp. 43-60.
* "The Need to Complete the Secularization of Society." Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, Vol. 18 (2), Fall-Winter 2010, pp. 25-35.
* "Dualism and Humanism", in Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, Vol. 19 (1), Spring-Summer 2011, pp. 41-56.
* 'What to do About Religion: A Plan of Action,' Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, Vol. 17 (2), 2009, pp. 35-42.

Latest Conference Papers:
* 'The Distinction Between Humane and Inhumane Capitalism and its Impact on Modern Management', read to the Philosophy of Management Conference at St. Anne's College, Oxford on 22nd July 2012.
* 'The Role of Dualist Thinking in Management', read to the Philosophy of Management Conference at St. Anne's College, Oxford on 23rd July 2010. (See www.managementphilosophers.com)

I am currently working on a new e-book entitled 'A Short History of Human Progress' and on a major work on dualism entitled 'Our Dualist Mentality'.


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Overall, What is Philosophy? is a clear, useful, and welcoming introduction to philosophy. Sinclair s love and admiration for the discipline and the potential of philosophy to benefit the world are obvious. To the degree that feelings of the author influence readers, the future of philosophy may be the resolution of entrenched philosophical arguments and the emergence of the discipline as a direct public benefactor. --Teaching Philosophy

What Is Philosophy? An Introduction, is a serious-minded yet accessible text for readers of all backgrounds, about the origins and history of the mental discipline of philosophy, from the early Greek and classical Greek era to medieval times to the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Further chapters explore the core and peripheral subjects discussed by philosophy, twentieth-century philosophical movements, and well-known philosophical problems revolving about such fundamental issues as free will, time, truth, facts and values, personal identity, and more. A thoughtful, exhaustively researched, and well-grounded primer, What Is Philosophy? An Introduction lives up to its title - a more difficult task than one might first guess, considering the complexities of the subject. Highly recommended, especially for public and college libraries, and as a textbook for Philosophy 101 courses. --Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)

About the Author

Dr. Alistair J. Sinclair is an independent philosopher living in Glasgow. For many years, he taught philosophy courses for adult learners in the University of Strathclyde Continuing Education programme.

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By K M Hardie on 8 Oct 2009
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This book is far more than a mere introduction to its subject. On the contrary, it succeeds in illuminating, for the general reader, the complex nature of philosophy. We gain an insight into the thought-processes which have influenced the theories of eminent philosophers like Thales and Pythagorus from the pre-Christian early Greek era to luminaries of our own twenty first century. They include Richard Rorty and Jacques Derrida as well as women philosophers, among them Mary Warnock and Martha Nussbaum. A worthwhile read.

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I must be honest and say that I have never taking any interest in philosophy. Now that I have retired, I have the time to expand on the subjects that I know little about. While I differ in the views of philosophers, I did find this book to be a very good introduction into this subject. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Classical Greek Philosophy and Twentieth Century Philosophical Movements. These chapters were certainly enlightening to me. As an introduction into this field, I certainly would recommend this book.
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By D. Clark on 6 July 2009
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I really enjoyed What is Philosophy ? I was impressed by the way this difficult subject was approached and I found the whole topic fascinating. The book covers a huge range of Philosophers, covered it well and also made it entertaining at the same time with observations on the failings of some of the characters in this field. If you are looking for an introduction to Philosophy I recommend this book.
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Before buying this book, you should ask yourself: what sort of person reviews his own work and gives it five stars and also describes it as "possibly the best book of its kind on the market"?

If you want a decent introduction to philosophy, buy something by Bryan Magee instead.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Wilson on 20 Aug 2008
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There are many textbooks on the market competing in their aim to provide a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to philosophy. When selecting which textbook to recommend to students we should consider how well that book serves as an ambassador for the subject - the first impression can leave a big impression.

In the introduction, under a section headed 'Why are there no great women philosophers?', Sinclair writes: "Philosophy is one of the ways by which men can assert their manhood in a relatively sociable and harmless way. It is therefore arguable that we should encourage men more than women to challenge and assert themselves through this medium. This book reflects this argument, while recognising the vital role women can make to the subject."

Please judge for yourself whether your students, men or women, are likely to benefit from starting with this view of Philosophy.
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