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Philosophy: The Basics


Philosophy: The Basics

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    Available in PDF Format | Philosophy: The Basics.pdf | English
    Nigel Warburton(Author)

Now in its fourth edition, Nigel Warburton's best-selling book gently eases the reader into the world of philosophy. Each chapter considers a key area of philosophy, explaining and exploring the basic ideas and themes.

  • What is philosophy?
  • Can you prove God exists? 
  • Is there an afterlife?
  • How do we know right from wrong?
  • Should you ever break the law?
  • Is the world really the way you think it is?
  • How should we define Freedom of Speech?
  • Do you know how science works?
  • Is your mind different from your body?
  • Can you define art?

For the fourth edition, Warburton has added new sections to several chapters, revised others and brought the further reading sections up to date. If you've ever asked what is philosophy, or whether the world is really the way you think it is, then this is the book for you.

Nigel Warburton is Senior Lecturer at the Open University. He is editor of Philosophy: Basics Readings, co-author of Reading Political Philosophy and author of Philosophy: The Classics, Thinking from A-Z, Freedom: An Introduction with Readings, The Art Question and Ernö Goldfinger: The Life of An Architect.

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Book details

  • PDF | 184 pages
  • Nigel Warburton(Author)
  • Routledge; 4 edition (13 May 2004)
  • English
  • 8
  • Poetry, Drama & Criticism

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  • By TJ Ragan on 5 June 2017

    Great for the overall basics of Philosophy. It's good as it's divided into sections that you can skip or jump to if you're more interested in specific areas of morality. Lots of open-ended questions to keep you thinking. There's a lot in here to keep you busy and spark interesting discussion.

  • By Nigel Linacre on 15 April 2017

    Clear and thoughtful. A very good introduction or reprise of much of the territory. Consistently well-written and rarely contentious. A familiarisation without conclusions.

  • By brianski on 17 July 2015

    good service and value for money

  • By Marta Plaku on 10 September 2017

    Book is in amazing condition, looks brand new. Very quick delivery. Bargain price. Will highly recommend it to everyone. Thank you

  • By riverkey on 3 February 2006

    I did a philosophy degree and I remember getting a bit dismayed by some of the books I had to read. Then I stumbled across this. In his introduction he writes that philosophy is often seen as harder than it actually is and this is because many philosophers aren't good writers.This is 100% true and restored my faith in philosophy. Warburton is an extremely clear writer and covers the essential points is a lucid manner. If it's within the scope of this book then any essay you have to write, or topic you are interested in should begin with this book. Of course you will need others but this is a great starting point.See also his 'philosophy: a-z' You might also find Bryan Magee's books useful and Bertrand Russell is a bit of a genius too.

  • By Sarah on 10 September 2002

    I have just completed an ethics and philosophy A Level for which I used this book. The book itself is clear and concise, making it excellent revision material. It covers all of the standard need to know topics and does so in an intelligent, factual manner! Definitly use this for A Level standards although I would not reccomend using it as a basis for research as it simply isn't detailed enough.

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