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Reality: A Very Short Introduction

Jan Westerhoff

November 2011

ISBN: 9780199594412

136 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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'What is real?' has been one of the key questions of philosophy since its beginning in antiquity. But it is not just a question that philosophers ask. This Very Short Introduction discusses what reality is by looking at a variety of arguments, theories, and thought-experiments from philosophy, physics, and cognitive science.

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'What is real?' has been one of the key questions of philosophy since its beginning in antiquity. But it is not just a question that philosophers ask. This Very Short Introduction discusses what reality is by looking at a variety of arguments, theories, and thought-experiments from philosophy, physics, and cognitive science.

  • An engaging introduction and discussion of a key philosophical topic
  • Incorporates examples from philosophy, physics, and cognitive science
  • Looks at the cultural influence of the idea of 'reality' and its modern-day resonance
  • Part of the best-selling Very Short Introductions series - over three million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Jan Westerhoff, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Jan Westerhoff read Philosophy and Oriental Studies at the universities of Cambridge and London. He is currently Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Durham.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:What is real? Dreams and simulations
    2:Is matter real?
    3:Are persons real?
    4:Is time real?
    Conclusion
    References and Further Reading