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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this book if you are happy to just accept, 10 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Invitation to Philosophy 2e (Invitation Series) (Paperback)
This book has, I can say with some confidence, knocked about 10% off my degree. Why? The reason is simple and straight forward, it has inspired me to start to look at the world in a new light. When I started it, I already had misgivings about Western ethics and our belief in 'Right' and 'Wrong'. By the time I finished it, my doubts had been made far deeper and a whole range of new questions - many of them somewhat unanswerable - had been opened up.
Mr Hollis does not pretend to be able to squeeze the whole corpus of philosophy into one book, instead he briefly examines some aspects of several fundamentals. I found the book riveting, it challenges the privileged position of science in the western World: it explores ideas of logic and the processes of thinking, and it does so in a way that I, by no stretch of the imagination a genius, found accessible but always challenging. Whether, like me, you finish it then read bits again and forthwith start buying and borrowing philosophy books wholly unconnected with my degree (in as much as anything is unconnected to the study of the mind and the purposes, unwritten rules, assumptions and presumptions of existence).
Joking apart, I would recommend this book to anyone who feels that science, religion and society do not, of themselves, constitute a reason for anything, and wishes to look more deeply.
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What degree are you doing? PPE by any chance?
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