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An entertaining guide to where philosophy stands today, 15 Jan. 2006
This is an excellent book. My philosophy knowledge was limited to the main ideas of a few philosophers, but I didn’t really know whether they had been discredited or where they stood in the whole picture. This book takes a fundamental philosophical question and assesses the various solutions that have been proposed over time, from the ancient Greeks to the very latest thoughts of philosophers around the world. It is entertainingly written and flows smoothly through the debates. The author describes interviews that he had with various philosophers so you get a feel for the sense of humour, camaraderie and competitiveness among the current players. I’d long been looking for a book that would tell me just what philosophy has achieved, and this did the job – the answer is quite a lot. It’s a perfect starting place for someone looking for a readable and impartial overview of the cutting edge of philosophy.