The Little Philosophy Book

Paperback | September 5, 2007

byRobert C. Solomon

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The Little Philosophy Book provides a concise and engaging introduction to deep and perennial philosophical questions. In a lively and accessible style, acclaimed author Robert C. Solomon leads students and other readers through an exploration of the self, the universe, and the nature of truthand morality, posing such questions as "Who are we, really?" "Why are we here?" and "How should we live?" The Little Philosophy Book begins with a quick tour of ancient philosophy that ranges from Socrates' Greece, to Vedic India, to Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist China, and to the Middle East. The book goes on to examine consciousness, from Descartes' "I think, therefore I am" to phenomenologyand the mind-body problem. It then considers God, nature, and spirituality; cosmology; freedom and responsibility; and morality and ethics, ending with an examination of happiness and the meaning of life and the role of philosophy in determining both. Solomon covers topics that are often omittedfrom other introductions, including existentialism, phenomenology, spirituality, and death. Throughout, he incorporates material on key figures and traditions in philosophy, showing how some of history's most important thinkers and movements have addressed fundamental philosophical issues. Majorfigures are listed at the end of each chapter. An ideal introduction for students and novices, The Little Philosophy Book does not provide any definitive answers to universal philosophical questions, but instead encourages readers to think for themselves and to integrate philosophy into their own lives.

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The Little Philosophy Book provides a concise and engaging introduction to deep and perennial philosophical questions. In a lively and accessible style, acclaimed author Robert C. Solomon leads students and other readers through an exploration of the self, the universe, and the nature of truthand morality, posing such questions as "Who...

Robert C. Solomon is Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Business and Philosophy and Distinguished Teaching Professor.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 5.39 × 7.99 × 0.51 inPublished:September 5, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195311140

ISBN - 13:9780195311143

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Ancient Legacy of Philosophy2. Consciousness: What a Concept!3. God, Nature, and Spirituality4. Rationality, Truth, and the Problem of Knowledge5. Freedom and Responsibility6. How Should We Live? Morality and Ethics7. Philosophy, Happiness, and the Meaning of LifeConclusion: Why Philosophy?

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"In simple and straightforward language, The Little Philosophy Book lays out all of the central philosophical issues one is likely to discuss in introductory courses."--Joseph A. Buijs, St. Joseph's College, The University of Alberta