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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best undergraduate philosophy text book I have used, 25 April 2011
This review is from: Philosophy (Palgrave Foundations Series) (Paperback)
Studying philosophy is a lot like learning a language; until you get the basics down, it is often hard to figure out what is going on. Greetham does an excellent job of navigating a path between the esoteric debates of contemporary professional philosophers, and the more populist approaches of the burgeoning 'pop-philosophy' genre. His writing is clear and concise, without being patronizing or attempting to be 'hip', and whilst this book does have its more technical moments, it also makes a real effort to explain some fiendishly opaque debates in straightforward language.

It is also massive in scope, and Greetham makes an effort to include discussions of both analytical and continental strands of philosophy. Reading this book, I sometimes disagreed with his arguments surrounding certain facets of continental philosophy, but I think specialists in any area would find nits to pick in his analysis of their cherished subjects (certainly his section on Philosophy of Mind could hardly be called contemporary, but then, if you want 'up-to-date', buy a topic-specific overview); the fact that he gets so much right is a staggering achievement, considering how diverse and complicated philosophy is. [It is, after all, the quintessential subject for nitpickers.] A wonderful book then, and one I recommend to my first year undergraduate students alongside The Pig That Wants to be Eaten.
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