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Food for thought,
This review is from: 50 Philosophy Ideas (You Really Need to Know) (Hardcover)
This book presents the reader with 50 short and to-the-point essays on philosophy ideas. Dupre draws upon significant published works and discusses the meaning of them, also comparing the differences between older and newer studies. I found it to be well written with useful factual information, as well as specualtion on the thoughts and arguments that arise before and after a new idea is put forward. I was pleased to note that there is no hint of bias toward any particular school of thought, and empiricism, realism, dualism, naturalism, consequentialism...etc are all refered to in a relevant manner. I have little knowledge of philosophy but the essays reached out to me and I was able to understand them easily (and give them a lot of thought!). A wonderful starting point for students, beginners or anyone with a slight interest in how we think about life, the universe and everything.
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2009 19:23:45 BDT
I agree with Roycroft. Most people, like me, are interested in something but don't want to study it formally to a high level. As a Result, knowledge gained in passing is bitty. This book gives you many of the bones of the subject and is very informative and enjoyable to read. I am buying most of the other editions in the series and those others that I have (but not yet read) seem to follow the same route. A very good buy.
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