Philosophy For Dummies (UK Edition)

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Confused by metaphysics? In a muddle with aesthetics? Intimidated by Kant? Then look no further! Philosophy For Dummies, UK Edition is a complete crash-course in philosophical thought, covering key philosophers, philosophical history and theory and the big questions that affect us today. Tying in with standard UK curricula and including core topics such as logic, ethics and political philosophy, this impartial, expert guide cuts through the jargon to give you the facts. Whether you're a philosophy student or a complete beginner, Philosophy For Dummies, UK Edition will get you thinking and talking about philosophy in no time, and with maximum confidence.

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Get your head around life's big questions

Philosophy can be a mind-bending topic, leaving you with more questions than you started with. This easy-to-follow guide is an essential introduction to the subject, looking at the big issues and steering you through topics such as existence, knowledge, truth and beauty. Delving into the works of great philosophers and examining how their theories still affect us today, this book will really get you thinking.

  • What's philosophy all about? – unravel the science of thought and don your own thinking hat

  • Buff up on the history – from ancient times to the modern day, learn about key philosophers from around the globe

  • Get to grips with the 'isms' – discover the words and theories that shaped philosophy

  • Understand the nuts and bolts – take a journey through logic, knowledge and language

  • Where's your head at? – peer into the murky depths of the mind and investigate consciousness, morality and more

  • Examine the connection between philosophy and science – find out how philosophers laid the groundwork for theories on space, time and everything in between

Open the book and find:

  • Philosophical heavyweights, from Plato to Confucius

  • The God debate

  • How we tell the difference between right and wrong

  • The lowdown on political philosophy

  • A philosophical take on society and its functions

  • An introduction to aesthetics and human values

  • What Eastern philosophy brings to the table

  • Philosophical puzzles to keep you thinking

Learn to:

  • The history of philosophy from ancient times to the present day

  • Logic, knowledge, ethics, consciousness and more

  • Key philosophical texts and the meanings behind the words

  • How to become a philosophical thinker

About the Author:

Martin Cohen is a successful philosophy author who has written numerous books, including 101 Philosophical Problems and 101 Ethical Dilemmas. Martin is the Editor of The Philosopher, one of the UK's oldest philosophy journals.

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