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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic introduction to philosophy!, 18 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking (Paperback)
For a beginner, philosophy can be a difficult subject to delve into - often texts are specific to one area, require prior level of understanding and can be written in a complicated style. So where does one start? Well this book is a good place in my opinion. It is written in fairly short chapters, often progressing in a conversational style with two opposing trains of thought. Along the way it will stop and explain the ideas going on, introduce the philosophers, and give you thinking tools to aid your learning.

What I particularly liked about this book is that it'll quickly lead you to a conclusion and then it will push your thinking a bit further, so you realise that it's not so simple. In this way, you can easily identify the flaws in thinking that got you to that earlier point. Its short chapters are excellent for people who want to dip in and out - for example I found it particular good book for reading on the trip to work. It also has an informal style so you really can easly relate and understand the scenario in question.

The book covers a wide range of areas and like previous reviewers I would agree it a excellent place for anyone who's interested in trying to understand the big issues we all struggle with. The author appears to have little or no agenda to it i.e. it's does not use emotive or persausive language and does not bias one conclusion over another, letting you make up your own mind on these often contensious issues. However the language and process used is very clear and I often agreed with the author's conclusions.

If you want to discover more the book suggests further reading at the end of each chapter - which again is an excellent.

I've never studied philosophy in a formal way, but have had discussions with some good friends who have and I love doing so. However I often felt out of my depth in certain areas and this book has helped me greatly clarify my thinking.

I'm on Amazon to buy this book again, because I have just lost my copy. Hopefully the person who took it is appreciating it as much as I did!
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