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Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy

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Before continuing with a more detailed description of the book's contents, let me warn those of you who want to read this book passively, consuming its contents like the superficial plot of a bad work of fiction: This will simply not do. There is a reason the book's title is "Think". You really have to! 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 Oxford is a registered trade mark of Oxford University Press in the UK and in certain other countries

First and foremost, I have to state what this book is not. It is not a casual, breezy introduction to philosophy along the lines of Thomas Nagel's What Does It All Mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy. It is also not an abridged history of western philosophy tracing the most significant arguments put forth by the great philosophical thinkers of yore. This is very much a book about doing philosophy; it tries to teach you how to think logically and systematically about some of the big questions that are central to our existence by showing you how some of the great philosophers of the past have done it. Your experience with this book will depend on what you bring to it much more than it will on the contents of the book itself. It expects you to actively engage with the material as you go along much like you would with a textbook. With that out of the way, let me begin with a discussion of this book's flaws and then move onto its strengths which, for me, redeemed this book from a 2 star rating. He is a patron of Humanists UK (formerly the British Humanist Association), and when asked to define his atheism, he said he prefers the label infidel over atheist: This is one of the many books about philosophy as a whole without a clear point to it. Besides illustrating how philosophy is hypothetically useful to create a better society overall. Which is an unproven claim he is making. So it does start on a false premise unfortunately. But following that premise he does go into some interesting quotes from old philosophers that make you think. But...

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He was one of 55 public figures to sign an open letter published in The Guardian in September 2010, stating their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI's state visit to the UK, [9] and has argued that "religionists" should have less influence in political affairs. [8] Written with exemplary concision and with conviction that philosophy needn't be an ethereal subject, alienated from practical concerns."-- Booklist

Who am I? What is the world? Does god exist? Do I have a free will? These are questions every single one of us has asked himself in the course of his life: some only to consider them as unimportant and forget about them, others countless times, dwelling on possible answers and becoming more and more fascinated with them. If you are one of the latter - and I certainly am - this is a book for you.SB, to his credit, has managed to keep the reader sufficiently engaged by keeping the difficulty of the content just out of reach. This can be frustrating for casual readers but if you're interested in the subject, it pushes you to actively think about what you are reading even though you don't quite get it eight times out of ten.

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. The existence of god is the topic of the next chapter, in which all the standard arguments for god are shown and evaluated: ontological, cosmological, first cause and design. The issue of god - being all-caring - not being compatible with a world full of suffering is raised. Hume's most ingenious argument rejecting testimony of miracles is presented: He simply says that it is always more probably that someone made up the story than that the miracle happened. Problem solved. Pascal's argument for believing in god is described, namely that the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. All in all, I think this book does a very good job of showing you what doing philosophy entails and the nature of the work required in reading philosophical works. I found this exercise painful but ultimately rewarding. Reprinted as Ethics: A Very Short Introduction in Oxford University Press' Very Short Introductions series. ISBN 0-19-280442-1. Cambridge academics elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences". cam.ac.uk. 30 April 2008 . Retrieved 10 February 2018.

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Timothy Havener (27 April 2012). "The Great Debate - Can Science Tell Us Right From Wrong? (FULL)". Archived from the original on 15 March 2013 . Retrieved 10 February 2018– via YouTube. The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy ([1994] 2015), 3rd ed. – compiled whole-handedly. ISBN 0-19-211694-0. This book reads like a supplementary textbook for an introductory philosophy class, in that it's not detailed or deep enough to be a primary textbook but also not casual or light enough to be a popular introduction to philosophy. It is a bit too heavy for the layman, for whom this book was intended, but too shallow for those with a decent understanding of the subject.

Gibbard ("Improving Sensibilities") argues that an expressivist cannot do everything in terms of sentiments, only, but needs to appeal to stances of agreeing and disagreeing with sentiments. Finally finished Think. It’s a book to read a bit about a theme or question and then ponder what on it. The book covers the big questions in life over 8 chapters: knowledge, Mind, Free Will, The Self, God, Reasoning, The World ld and What to do. Topics covered include the ontological argument, the cosmological argument and the design argument. He was one of 240 academics to sign a letter to the Equality and Human Rights Commission opposing 'radical gender orthodoxy', published in The Sunday Times. [10]

Do things actually exist? Is something blue or do I only perceive it as blue? The chapter "The World" tries to point out traditional answers to questions like these. Some people say we should reduce matter to forces because forces are the only way we can study the world - our experience of matter is only deduced from forces acting upon it and therefore we don't really have any knowledge about matter. Does anything exist without somebody being conceiving it?

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