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Modern Philosophy: An Introduction and Survey Paperback – 1 Oct 1996

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140249079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140249071
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,646,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Modern Philosophy succeeds in inspiring readers to explore the topic further, because one senses Scruton the mark of the true thinker, a deep sincerity and conviction" (Alain de Botton Daily Telegraph)

"Scruton is a masterly writer; his book is a paradigm of lucidity" (A.C. Grayling Financial Times)

"A remarkably rich smorgasbord" (Oliver Letwin The Times)

"Invaluable" (Frederic Raphael Sunday Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'Anyone interested in philosophy should read this book' Nicholas Bagnall, Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I found this to be a useful introduction to Philosophy. There are a number of publications which seek to do the same sort of thing the structure and content matter make this a good way to engage with the concepts and ideas at a basic level and in more detailed study if required.
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This book provides an outline of the whole subject of philosophy in the Anglo-American analytical tradition - from ethics to quantum mechanics via truth, perception, logic, the self, death and the Devil.

It was developed from a series of lectures delivered at London and Boston Universities. Reading it makes one feel like a student at a top university where, for whatever reason, Philosophy 101 is taught in person by the head of department, who just happens to be on first-name terms with philosophers like Tom Nagel.

At the end of the book there is a Study Guide to direct the student to further reading.

I do not know why this book is so hard to find on Amazon. I got my public library to purchase the copy I have just read - their previous copy of the work having been borrowed permanently by a reader.
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Readers have to distinguish Scruton's Tory views from the philosophy at times; however the book is invaluable for those wishing to get a perspective on the whole contemporary range of academic philosophy in one rather large but very digestible serving. He not only explains the most important themes in present-day Anglo-American philosophy but continually steps back to situate each part within the context of the whole.
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For many years the layman's guide to philosophy was Bertran Russell's History of Western Philosophy but that role has now been taken over by Roger Scruton's excellent work Modern Philosophy. It is recommended as essential reading, and rereading, for anyone seriously interested in acquiring a good basic understanding of how philosophy has evolved through the ages and how it stands today.
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