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Good, light intro for budding philosophers and social scientists alike!,
This review is from: Philosophy For Dummies (UK Edition) (Paperback)
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As you'd expect from Dummies books, there's a light-hearted, fresh approach to this edition, pitched squarely at those completely new to the history of philosophy. So how does it do at breaking down such a vast and potentially confusing subject? Pretty well, actually. Layout is king with these editions, and the clear, easy-to-read and concise nature of each chapter makes each topic very accessible.
You'll find all the big philosophical discussion represented here - the nature of truth, how language constructs the worlds we live in (or vice versa!), morality, freedom - more than enough to set the newcomer off on fresh learning paths. The 'big names' and influential thinkers are peppered throughout the volume, so you should get a grand and useful overview by the end of it all - and hopefully be motivated by the pace and friendly style of the text to go out and do some follow-up reading.
What is great is that it doesn't deal with Philosophy as an isolated subject, but acknowledges the links between the Social Sciences and positions this one as just one tool in understanding and thinking about society. As such, I found it really useful as a background reader (and a quick read at that) to support my own Social Sciences studies.
While it's not going to make you an in-depth expert, it's a great start to get into the subject, or an excellent side-read for anyone studying related topics. Or just for those interested in different ways of thinking about life!