The Big uestions A Short Introduction to Philosophy with

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  • 432 pages
  • The Big uestions A Short Introduction to Philosophy with Source CD ROM
  • Robert C. Solomon
  • English
  • 15 March 2014
  • 9780534625504

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The Big uestions A Short Introduction to Philosophy with Source CD ROMThis is a fantastic introduction because it recognizes the central aspect of philosophy as the careful articulation of one's own thoughts and it encourages the reader to dive in and do philosophy while he or she works through the fundamental human uestions in the bookSolomon and Higgins introduce the big ideas philosophers have been grappling with through the ages; present several classic perspectives for each; encourage the reader to examine and develop his or her own thoughts by asking targeted uestions; and they point the reader to additional sources for further investigationPhilosophy is often dismissed as out of touch with modern life why should we listen to a bunch of old dead white guys anyway? This book places the reader at the center of the philosophical project and it immediately involves him or her in the great uestions humans have pondered throughout the ages A big cheer for The Big uestions THE BIG UESTIONS 10th Edition covers philosophy's central ideas in an accessible approachable manner You'll explore timeless big uestions about the self God justice and other meaningful topics gaining the context you need for an understanding of the foundational issues as well as the confidence to establish your own informed positions on these big uestions This edition is now also available with MindTap Philosophy a system of tools and apps from note taking to flashcards that help you understand course concepts achieve better grades and set the groundwork for your future courses Highly recommended as an overview of important philosophical thought Well written and engaging A good round up of some of the most important philosophers and discussion on their views If you are starting from zero it's probably a good text A nice index that does not form a full view but will give good references on where to expand your knowledge on said philosophers This is a superb text for teaching Introduction to Philosophy The writing is clear and concise which is not always true even of books written for freshmen and the author comprehensively covers all of the major areas of philosophy Anyone who was a simply interested in philosophy for their own enjoyment would find this a good place to start EXCELLENT goof One of the best introductions to philosohy Love the clear prose style A really good introductory book to philosophy It covers a lot of different topics introduces various theories and philosophers and integrates uestions and uotationsHowever it glosses over a lot of topic and if you don't take notes and really think about the topics you would probably forget all the concepts Another book that is relatively harder to understand but is thorough in explaining philosophy concepts include the Oxford's Introduction series which has a book on philosophy         We push those uestions arising from our contact to the immediate surrounding reality to an infinite extent and seek some reasonable coherent and consistent answers then call this pursuit Philosophy But the pushing to the infinite is simply wrong; infiniteness is incomprehensible and bound to lead to contradictions as is clearly demonstrated in mathematics and cosmology in which infiniteness is tactfully circumambulated around        Philosophy is indeed futile The only thing that can benefit from it is elouence Philosophy is but the exploit of the ambiguities of our languages        如果大家前提一致,又没有人故意在其中搅混水,最终应该是没有争论的。哲学中的许多争论根本就是道不同不相为谋和鸡对鸭讲。        论辩的技术是可以仔细学习的(这本书的一个好处就是专门辟出篇幅指导写哲学和辩论,在正文中也可以看出来比较强调这一点),各家的结论大家看看就好了,好的哲学中有警句,有优美的散文;至于尝试用枯燥的形式力图言之凿凿,尼采说得好The will to a system is a lack of integrity a subtle corruption a philosopher trying to appear stupid than he really is。        这本书是按主题安排内容的,这和我读过的其他导论按哲学史安排不同。好处在于把西方哲学中的一些主题中来源于其文化和语言中隐含的假设的诡辩暴露得更明显了。关于神的证明和我的想法在读书笔记中已经讲明了。还有两个例子我印象比较深刻:        书中不断追问一个不受任何其他外部影响,也不受自己的物质身体影响的真的我;这不是扯淡吗,还是佛教高明,不仅承认一切发生(每个人的每个选择)都是有内在外在原因(因缘),而且根本否认有我,或者说是灵魂或自性。这是受语言中self和基督教中自由意志误导的结果。        还有关于身心问题,假设一个别于物质的脑存在的意识,胡搅蛮缠说身体感受不了痛觉只有意识能够直接感受,这无疑也是受到了语言和文化影响而留下的一些顽固的后遗症。        That you can imagine something only makes it plausible but not probable By the same token that you cannot imagine something would not suffice to deny its probability Propositions do not lose authenticity because they sound odd; ingenious ideas cannot be refuted on grounds of being intolerable

About the Author: Robert C. Solomon

Robert C Solomon September 14 1942 – January 2 2007 was a professor of continental philosophy at the University of Texas at AustinEarly lifeSolomon was born in Detroit Michigan His father was a lawyer and his mother an artist After earning a BA 1963 at the University of Pennsylvania he moved to the University of Michigan to study medicine switching to philosophy for an MA 1965