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Not just a 'First Reader'- plenty for others to enjoy too...
on 30 August 2012
Julian Baggini is one of our most accessible- and dare I say it- level headed philosophers and it makes a great deal of sense for him to write what is basically a philosophy 'primer,' although having said that, there's much to commend this great little book to those who have already dived into philosophical waters, as it's an excellent round-up and straight-forward descriptor of the discipline's essential structures.
It covers an incredible number of bases in its 130 pages or so, and so is also a great point from which the reader can launch themselves into further study of areas that particularly interest them, whether that be the philosophy of politics, aesthetics or ethics.
I particularly liked his analysis of free will, which gave me an insight into it that I hadn't really got my head around before, but his approach [and explanation] was simple, refreshing and thought-provoking. As is indeed, most of this book is.