Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 15, 2002

byEdward Craig

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How ought we to live? What really exists? How do we know? This book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of doing philosophy, explains how differentareas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is done.

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How ought we to live? What really exists? How do we know? This book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of doing philosophy, explains how differentareas of philosophy are related, and explores t...

Edward Craig is Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University, where he is also a Fellow of Churchill College. He has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Hamburg and Heidelberg, and the University of Melbourne. His publications include The Mind of God and the Works of Man (OUP, 1987), Knowledge and the Sta...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.37 inPublished:February 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. What should I do? Plato's Crito3. How do we know? Hume's, Of Miracles4. What am I? An unknown Buddhist on the Self: 'The Chariot' from The Questions ofKing Milinda5. Some themes6. Of 'isms'7. Some more high spots -- a personal selection8. What's in it for whom?Bibliography

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`[The Very Short Introduction to Philosophy] shows that philosophy really can be fascinating, broad-minded and full of surprise. As a means of stimulating interest in the subject it has few rivals.'Julian Baggini, The Philosopher's Magazine