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4.0 out of 5 stars Explores the difference between meaningful and meaningless, 4 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Philosophy: All That Matters (Paperback)
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Interesting that Baggini's book has more four stars than five and now I've added to that total. He writes in an easy to read conversational style but I found it just a bit too simple. Missing, for me, were more examples of complex issues applied to everyday life. There are several scenarios presented where individuals (sometimes the philosophers) or groups have to make choices according to what they believe and this is a practical way of explaining a concept and I wish there were more of them throughout the book. Maybe the publisher's remit was just to make it simple.

I think the value of the text is to provide a stepping-stone for the curious to want to know more, if it does that Baggini will have succeeded. The next step might be Simon Blackburn's The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (Oxford Paperback Reference) or dive in the deep-end with the The Oxford Companion To Philosophy Isbn 0198661320.

Incidentally, I wish the publishers had been a bit more rigorous in checking the book's design. The page numbers and book title are set sideways on each page, the text typeface is uninspiring and each paragraph has one-and-half line space which means that on more than half the spreads the columns don't line with each other at bottom of the page. There are some illustrations in the book but they are not referred to in the text or mentioned in the index. Portraits of the mentioned philosophers would have made more sense.
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