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5.0 out of 5 stars Vans, 30 Jan. 2013
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Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong
Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong
by J.L. Mackie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Mackie's ethics, 20 Jan. 2013
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Given the great acclaim and importance of this book, which is thought to have been of great importance in the development of the anti-realist moral position, I had high hopes when purchasing it.
Fortunately, these were ntirely justified; Mackie, as ever, presents well-balanced arguments and produces his own views with a degree of clarity and style which makes him stand out amongst the writers of philosophy. His Ethics is no different, presenting a clear refutation of objective morality and any view other than his own, Mackie demonstrates those same qualities which have made him so well renowned amongst modern readers. Whilst disagreeing with some of the points, mainly his principle point, that there can be no objective morality, the force and coherence of the views he espouses are stunning and a good read for those who agree as well as those who disagree. The objectivist will find reason to question their views and the subjectivist will find a wealth of opinions and arguments like their own to think on.
There is one major problem with this product, however, and that is the frankly shoddy printing. Whilst it is clearly a cheaper version, the penguin print is poor quality. The paper is of an unusual off-white hue and the typeset is unappealing. Furthermore, there are many faded areas and the text is oftentimes illegible due to the failure of the printing. It is possible that this fading is rare and that I have simply been unlucky, but even if this is the case the paper quality and typeset are still detrimental to what would otherwise be an incredibly impressive book.
Overall, therefore, the condition of the book is hardly justified, despite the quality of the work inside. I would still recommend picking up a copy, though the best option would be a second-hand copy; little would be lost.


An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (HPC Philosophical Classics Series)
An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (HPC Philosophical Classics Series)
by David Hume
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurrah!, 20 Jan. 2013
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The Hackett philosophical classics series is undoubtedly one of the better series' in philosophy and the quality is generally superb. This edition of Hume's brilliant 'enquiry concerning the principles of morals' is no exception, but serves only to demonstrate that point very clearly.
First of all, I would like to explain that the content of this work is of the highest calibre; Hume himself considers it his finest enquiry and amongst the best of his works. Thus, it is not difficult to expect great things from this little work. Anyone would be right to do so, as this is one of the critical writings in the history of moral thought and is hugely important in its own right. Hume's writing is somewhat difficult to read due to the stylistic mannerisms of the time, and as such can be quite difficult for the introductory reader. However, his prose is often fluent and the content of his work is astoundingly clear-minded in its presentation. For this reason, any edition of this work is likely to be beneficial and Hume's own work is to be commended. However, much can be said for this edition particularly.
The Hackett publishing company, as I have previously stated, has my personal approval due to a consistently high standard of publishing and an extensive list of publications. Once again, this edition is well-printed, well-structured and faithful to the original editions. The book is of good quality and appealing design.
Overall, a masterful work and published accordingly.


Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy
Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy
by Jostein Gaarder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3.0 out of 5 stars A novel approach to the history of philosophy, 20 Jan. 2013
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Gaarder's work has proved to be a huge success in the market, selling many copies and achieving critical acclaim. This is also represented in the frequency with which it is cited as one of the best introductions to philosophy, according to those who have read it.
This, however, seems to have been a rather inflated truth and one which sets up great expectations which the book simply cannot deliver on. The novel structure of the book may have been inviting to a wider audience than perhaps philosophy is used to, yet the actual effect is somewhat less attractive. Gaarder's prose is often reminiscent of teen literature and does little to embellish the story line, which is also problematic and often vague. This is a personal interpretation, however, and ought not to discourage others from enjoying it if the prose style is of little consequence.
The real highlight of this book, though this is not much of a highlight still, is the philosophical teachings that Knox espouses. However, this seems to be superficial and often cannot cite arguments for the conclusions. In this way, the point of real philosophising is often left to a few criticisms under the guise of Sophie's incredulity. Overall, it has to be said that if the reader's intention is to have a very simple level of understanding and an easy read, this is definitely the correct book.
Overall, Sophie's world is an enjoyable entry-level work and has the possibility of provoking real philosophical thought and reading. For this, as well as the basic introduction and novel approach, it has earned three stars.


An Introduction to Political Philosophy
An Introduction to Political Philosophy
by Jonathan Wolff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant introduction, 20 Jan. 2013
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Jonathan Wolff's introduction to political philosophy is by far the superior of all within its kind. Whilst many introductions to philosophy tend to overlook political and social philosophies, Wolff provides a sweeping and impartial review of the main debates in political philosophy through a series of intriguing and engaging questions. This unusual structure is one of the highlights of this peerless work; it maintains an interesting atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and provides an arena for the contention of different views. Furthermore, it allows for a development of political philosophy from the ground up; a real and unmissable novelty.
Another feature of this work, which I have heard offered as a criticism, is a lack of decisive conclusion; Wolff remains entirely objective in his treatment of the arguments and his indecision is one of the many highlights of this work. This is most eminent in his conclusion to the book itself, in which he claims that despite a lack of answers, we ought to continue to practice our political philosophising.
In writing this review, I must confess, I endeavour to remain objective in my dealing with the work and have tried to find grounds to criticise it. However, there is nothing in this work which I find I can provide negative report of, at least without making trivial or unfounded attacks.
Overall, this is by far the greatest introduction available and one which is entirely deserving of its great reputation.


Early Greek Philosophy (Penguin Classics)
Early Greek Philosophy (Penguin Classics)
by Jonathan Barnes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barnes' selection of Early Greek 'pre-Socratic' Philosophy, 20 Jan. 2013
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In this book, Barnes presents an insightful and scholarly account of the different views of the philosophers which preceded the Athenian trio. These works range from the predecessors of Greek philosophy to Diogenes of Apollonia, including many of the greatest thinkers of the era.
What is truly refreshing about this work is the citation of actual fragments of work from ancient philosophers, something which has been curiously lacking in the histories of philosophy. The presentation of, arguably, verbatim material gives the reader a greater understanding of the Greeks with whom they engage and allows for the construction of a true 'feel' of the philosophy.
The selection within this work is also generous, whilst the majority of the work is concerned with the more plentiful fragments of major names such as Empedocles and Democritus, there is also mention of smaller intermediaries and commentaries on periods of time. These give the work a distinct charm and offer a more complete view of the development of the history of ancient Greek thought.
Another great facet of this book is the scholarly nature of the writing, the authenticity of which is rare in philosophy books and once again provides another dimension to the reading.
However, there are a few issues which this book encounters. Firstly, and inevitably, there is a confusing use of notation and text style in this work. These are necessary to differentiate between Barnes, commentator and actual Greek philosopher, but nonetheless it can prove troublesome. Furthermore, there is a lack of a concluding section. Whilst this is obviously not a tremendous injustice, Barnes' writing would have been a useful resolution to the book.
Overall, this is a great product and one I would thoroughly recommend.


Three Early Modern Utopias: Thomas More: Utopia / Francis Bacon: New Atlantis / Henry Neville: The Isle of Pines (Oxford World's Classics)
Three Early Modern Utopias: Thomas More: Utopia / Francis Bacon: New Atlantis / Henry Neville: The Isle of Pines (Oxford World's Classics)
by Thomas More
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three early modern Utopias, 20 Jan. 2013
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The major selling point on this product, without a doubt, is the presence of More's Utopia. This work is the most famous of those in this product and within the genre itself, from which the other two titles obviously draw much inspiration. The reproduction of Utopia in the Oxford world's classics edition is faithful and engaging, though the maintenance of old English, though charming, is often more of a hindrance than it is conducive to the work. Overall, however, this is one of the best editions and is, in my experience, only surpassed by the Everyman's edition.
The following two works, New Atlantis and Isle of pines, are likely to be peripheral to most readers, except perhaps for the Bacon and Neville scholar. However, these both present writings which are very similar to More's and which are generally enriching. They ought not to be looked over, despite representing the smaller portion of the work, as they are equally well-written and more concise than More's account. For this reason, the whole product is an enjoyable example of descriptive prose and the social philosophy which underlies it is thought-provoking indeed.


Epicurus (Classic Reprint)
Epicurus (Classic Reprint)
by A. E. Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.36

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taylor's 'Epicurus', 20 Jan. 2013
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This product is one which has been difficult to review; the work itself was thoroughly enjoyable and the scholarly approach which Taylor takes is refreshingly well-written and provides more than a simple overview of Epicurus' philosophy. The commentary on his life and times, as well as Taylor's interpretations, are valuable assets and contribute to the overall experience of the book.
However, the difficulty in reading this work somewhat mars the otherwise five-star work. The nature of the forgotten books series, I understand, is to reproduce the original printings through digital scanning. This is a charming approach and it is easily understood, yet it is unsightly and often patchy in some areas. Furthermore,v the archaic typeset is a burden. There would be little trouble in producing a word processed account, as the actual content becomes more difficult to deal with yet it should be the priority in any reproduction.
Overall, as previously stated, this is not too great of a problem and it is the nature of the series, comprising of otherwise rare titles, and this is still a good product.


Hegel: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Hegel: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Peter Singer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singer's introduction to Hegel, 20 Jan. 2013
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The 'very short introduction' series is an authoritative and lively series, introducing readers to important concepts. This is exemplified in Singer's very short introduction, which captures everything that the introduction ought to be.
The philosophy of G W F Hegel is notoriously tricky and any introduction to it is naturally going to face many problems; yet to read Singer's introduction you would not think so. There is a great deal of clarity in this introduction, more so than in the works it addresses, and it is invaluable to those who have neither the attention span or motivation to read Hegel's own dense works. The sections are well organised, summarising Hegel's points effectively and laying out a complete plan of his work. Furthermore, the less-than-formal presentation is refreshing and provides an entertaining read.
Some have criticised Singer's failure to include important aspects of Hegelian philosophy, including his Encyclopedia of logic, as well as his aesthetics. However, this is to miss the point of the very short introduction; this would hinder the readability of this wonderful 200-page introduction, not benefit it.
Overall, I would recommend this work to those who wish to gain an insight into Hegel as either a starting point for his philosophy or for those who wish for only a more basic knowledge.


Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Existentialism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Thomas Flynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Flynn's introduction to existentialism, 20 Jan. 2013
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The 'very short introduction' series is an authoritative and generally great range for those coming into a subject or, otherwise, those who wish for a brief overview. This is the main strength of the series and it lends itself well to the general concepts of certain subjects.
This, however, was not the case with Flynn's introduction to existentialism. Whilst it presented a short introduction to existentialism, it was rather disengaging and by the last chapter it seems more of a fight to the end than an enjoyable introduction. It could alternatively be said that this is a problem with the subject itself, the confounding nature of existentialism doesn't lend itself to readability. However, this is what Flynn should have been aiming for in his introduction and after the introduction of Sartre, Camus and de Beauvoir it seemed to be running out of steam.
It would be wrong, despite this, to discredit the work as bad; there is much in it of value. The introductions, as previously mentioned, to the big 3 Existentialists is brilliant and serves as either a good introduction or a helpful recapitulation to the more learned reader. This, perhaps, is what makes the struggle through later chapters more difficult, knowing that it could have been far better.


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