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Philosophy : Basic Readings - Nigel Warburton


Basic Readings

By: Nigel Warburton (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 9th December 2004
ISBN: 9780415337977
Number Of Pages: 588

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Nigel Warburton brings philosophy to life with an imaginative selection of philosophical writings on key topics. "Philosophy: Basic Readings" is structured around the same key themes as its companion volume, "Philosophy: The Basics," but is also ideal for independent use.
"Philosophy: Basic Readings" includes short and accessible sections from:
* classic works of philosophy such as Descartes' "Meditations" and Hobbes' "Leviathan"
* contemporary thinkers such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett
* relevant works by figures outside philosophy such as Jorge Luis Borges and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The second edition has been revised and expanded to include sixteen new readings, including:
* Thomas Nagel, "What is Philosophy?
"* Peter Singer, "Moral Experts
"* Ronald Dworkin, "A New Map of Censorship
"* Oliver Sacks, "The Lost Mariner"

Industry Reviews

Reviews of the First Edition

'Students will most likely find the readings understandable and interesting. Teachers will be happy to have so many fine readings from which to choose.'
- Harry Gensler, Times Higher Educational Supplement

'The quality of Warburton's anthology is surely sufficient to silence the doubters who continue to believe philosophy cannot be popularised without being deformed. Philosophy: Basic Readings has filled a long-running vacancy for an introduction to philosophy that can be recommended without caveat or qualification.' - Julian Baggini, Times Educational Supplement

Preface to second edition
Introduction: What is Philosophy?
'What Makes someone a philosopher?'
'Analytic Philosophy'
'The Method of Philosophy'
'The value of philosophy'
'What is Philosophy'
'What Makes a Philosopher?'
'The Wager'
'Proofs of God'
'Evil and omnipotence'
'Why God allows evil'
'Of miracles'
'Viruses of the mind'
'The Makropulos case: Refections on the tedium of immortality'
'Dialogue between a Priest and a Dying Man'
'Do we survive death?'
Right and Wrong
'The Categorical Imperative'
'The Experience Machine'
'Higher and lower pleasures'
'A critique of utilitarianism'
'The Solzhenitsyn principle'
'A defence of abortion'
'Moral Luck'
'What's wrong with gay sex?'
'Paternalistic Lies'
'Desire and the Meaning of Life'
'Moral Experts.'
'What is political philosophy?'
'Of the natural condition of mankind'
'Two concepts of liberty'
'Freedom to Box'
'Discrimination and sexual justice'
'Letter from Birmingham Jail'
'All animals are equal'
'A New Map of Censorship'
'Playthings of Alien Forces: Karl Marx and the Rejection of the Market Economy'
The external world
'About the things we may doubt'
'Of the origin of ideas'
'Epistemology Naturalized-nature know thyself'
'Disembodied Telepresence and the Remoteness of the Real'
'Existence and Absurdity'
'The problem of demarcation'
'Anomaly and the emergence of scientific discoveries'
'How to defend society against science'
'Feyerabend: anything goes
'Wittgenstein and the Two Cultures'
'The Lebenswelt'
'The diary' and 'The beetle in the box'
'Sensations and brain processes'
'Minds, brains and programs'
'What is it like to be a bat?
'Where am I ?'
'The Strange Case of the rational dentist'
' The Lost Mariner'
'Significant form'
'The Intentional fallacy'
'Of the standard of taste'
'What is wrong with a forgery'
'Pierre Menard, author of the Quixote'
'Art and Mimesis in Plato's Republic'
suggestions for further reading
acknowledgments and sources
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415337977
ISBN-10: 0415337976
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 588
Published: 9th December 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 16.36  x 3.68
Weight (kg): 1.0
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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