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101 Philosophy Problems Paperback – 6 Feb 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (6 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415404029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415404020
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Praise for previous editions:

'You can't just read philosophy, you've got to actually do it ... 101 Philosophy Problems is an all too rare example of a book that does just that.' – The Philosophers' Magazine

'Introduces philosophy in a novel way, with helpful tools for leading students into the world of philosophy.' – The Times Higher Education Supplement


About the Author

Martin Cohen is editor of The Philosopher, the journal of the Philosophical Society in England, lecturer and a successful author and journalist.  His bestselling 101 Ethical Dilemmas, second edition, is also published by Routledge (2007).

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By A Customer on 8 Aug. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the only book I've actually brought to school and read aloud to my friends at the lunchtable, an activity previously reserved for fashion magazines, social emails and last-minute textbook readings. Personally I would be happy to sit around reading Plato or Aristotle, but the average high schooler would not; even my friends who swore to hate anything having to do with that heavy, paradoxical material were entertained by and interested in this book. My personal favorites are ethical narratives, like the professor and the dog and the ones about imaginary civilizations. Definitely recommended for philosophy lovers, and especially for philosophy haters
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This book is described in the blurb as 'a fresh and original introduction to philosophy...intended for those with little or no knowledge of philosophy, such as A-level students or readers in further education courses, as well as all introductory philosophy courses'. The description seems entirely appropriate, yet it is necessary to add the qualification that the book is a highly unconventional specimen. Indeed, I suspect it may not be recognized as a real philosophical book by some people whose view of what philosophy is, what a philosophical book is like, and how such a book is to be read is formed by the content and style of the great philosophical works that form the staple in the curricula of Philosophy Departments.
What is Martin Cohen's own view of what philosophy is that permeates his book? It is the view that philosophy is an activity: the intellectual activity of engaging with philosophical problems, discussing proposed solutions to the problems, disputing arguments for proposed solutions, identifying and questioning assumptions underlying problems, solutions and arguments. This view, of course, is not unknown in Philosophy Departments, even though most professional philosophers tend to emphasize the theories which embody attempts to answer particular problems. Cohen emphasizes the problems themselves, or at least the value of the problems, from which any answers derive such value as they may possess. 101 Philosophy Problems is basically an invitation to think critically about philosophical problems, often by way of conducting thought experiments.
What is this book like? Both in regard to its structure and the style in which it is written, it is very unconventional.
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By A Customer on 23 May 2001
Format: Paperback
mywyb2's main problem with the book (see review of the German Edition in the US) -- apart from alleged problems with style and translation -- is that he seems to miss its point. "Philosophy Problems" covers more or less the entire depth and breadth of philosophy, in other words an entire library. This is not a book for experts, it is a wonderful appetiser for people who do not have an awful lot of experience with philosophy. Cohen's achievement is to break things down for those readers and at the same time to narrate tongue-in-cheek and in a way that makes it quite clear that behind his brief answers, there is whole world to be discovered. He does not pretend to know it all, but challenges readers to think and to discover things for themselves. In my opinion, the charm of the book is exactly its incompleteness, its almost iconoclastic freshness. It is a book many philosophers would like to have written -- so maybe that explains mywyb2's editorial furor.
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