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on 2 August 2016
A great general introduction to some of the most important areas of philosophy. This goes deep enough so that a non-specialist can get a good grasp of the issues - enough to then be able to think and analyze for oneself.

The writing style is clear and lively, and the book is well-produced - slightly smaller than average format so you can carry it everywhere.
Highly recommended
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on 2 May 2018
Worth reading and thought provoking in places, but I found his treatment of therapy and religion both suffered from being unnecessarily shallow.
He dismisses therapy as being little more than an attempt to make people feel better - I guess there are some therapists that do that but most approaches have a philosophical basis and several - for example CBT and REBT - are particularly strongly associated with a philosophical stance. Similarly, he devotes a lot of space to religion - I didn't quite understand why - but doesn't seem to do much more than run through the basic challenges made familiar by Dawkins et al. - which are certainly valid when addressing a certain kind of classic realist religiosity - but don't really address the more modern philosophical approaches to faith - say those taken by McGrath and Plantinga.
However very readable, good on more modern ideas about ethics and held together with a cheerful pragmatism which kept me interested and reading to the end.
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on 26 November 2016
Overall, I feel a better person for reading this book. Some of the chapters genuinely make to stop and think. The logic is so pure it's a thing of beauty. Others I couldn't understand and just ended up lost. I might have to go back and re-read some parts.

Introduces to the major concepts and gives you a taste of the many roads these arguments can go down.

Well worth a read. Everyone will get something out of it.
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on 31 December 2017
An excellent read to give support to my OU studies
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on 20 December 2017
Not as good as I'd hoped. He's been pretty lazy at thinking of good examples. I didn't find it that easy to follow, or helpful as an introduction to philosophy.
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on 2 March 2013
Simon Blackburn writes well and is aware of the needs of struggling intellects such as myself. I am making my way into the book at several places and may not finish it soon, but that is the way I proceed with this subject. SB includes details of other books he has referenced and seems to make his and their ideas easy enough to set me thinking for many days. I recommend also the use of a dictionary of philosophy as a rapid means of reading about ideas and technical terms.
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on 10 September 2017
Very clear account of the major philosophical questions. For a philosopher he's refreshingly direct about religious mumbo jumbo. A good read.
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on 10 September 2016
So clearly written, not in jargon but in simple English. I recommend this book for all who have a curiosity concerning philosophy and straight thining but may feel overawed by Philosophers.
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on 20 July 2017
good at changing perspective
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on 13 March 2018
Don't actually remember buying this.
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