In this imaginative introduction to philosophy author Blackburn
manages to communicate his enthusiasm for the subject while
avoiding the lapses into obscurity or patronizing superficiality
which so beset this genre. He has succeeded in presenting
philosophical ideas as relevant, interesting and, above all,
important. He uses numerous examples, thought experiments and
anecdotes in this guide through the central philosophical questions
about knowledge, the mind, free will, the self, God, reasoning, our
perception of the world nad ethics. Throughout philosophy is
presented as a living subject, rather than as a museum of ideas;
most of the great philosophers nevertheless make an appearance.
This is real philosophy, not the pseudo-profundity served up by
certain media gurus. The book is, as its title suggests, intended
to make the reader think for him or herself. It is an introduciton
to some of the most important questions anyone can ask, but it
isn't an alternative to thinking about them. (Kirkus UK)
Here at last is a coherent, unintimidating introduction to the
challenging and fascinating landscape of Western philosophy.
Written expressly for "anyone who believes there are big questions
out there, but does not know how to
approach them," Think provides a sound framework for exploring the
most basic themes of philosophy, and for understanding how major
philosophers have tackled the questions that have pressed
themselves most forcefully on human consciousness.
Simon Blackburn, author of the best-selling Oxford Dictionary of
Philosophy, begins by making a convincing case for the relevance of
philosophy and goes on to give the reader a sense of how the great
historical figures such as Plato, Hume, Kant, Descartes, and others
have approached its central themes. In a lively and accessible
approaches the nature of human reflection and how we think, or can
think, about knowledge, fate, ethics, identity, God, reason, and
truth. Each chapter explains a major issue, and gives the reader a
self-contained guide through the problems that the philosophers
have studied. Because the text approaches these issues from the
gound up, the untrained reader will emerge from its pages able to
explore other philosophies with greater pleasure and understanding
and be able to think--philosophically--for him or herself.
Philosophy is often dismissed as a purely academic discipline with
no relation to the "real" world non-philosophers are compelled to
inhabit. Think dispels this myth and offers a springboard for all
those who want to learn how the basic techniques of thinking shape
our virtually every aspect of our existence.
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