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Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Edward Craig

Publication Date - December 2020

ISBN: 9780198861775

168 pages
Paperback
6.9 x 4.4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $11.95

Description

How ought we to live? What really exists? How do we know? This Very Short Introduction discusses some of the key questions philosophy engages with. Edward Craig explores important themes in ethics, and the nature of knowledge and the self, through readings from Plato, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. Throughout, he emphasizes why we do phiilosophy, explains how different areas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is done.

This new edition includes a new chapter on free will, discussing determinism and indeterminism in the context of Descartes and Hegel's work. Craig also covers the Problem of Evil, and Kant's argument on the source of moral obligation.

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Features

  • Introduces important themes in philosopy such as ethics, knowledge, and the self
  • Includea a new chapter on free will, discussing determinism and indeterminism in the context of the work of Descartes and Hegel
  • Includes Eastern philosophy and thinkers from the Continental tradition as well as from Anglo-American philosophy
  • Discusses how philosophy has been used in the interests of particular groups, such as the priesthood, women, animals, and political activists
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Edward Craig, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University, and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge

Edward Craig is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University, and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He is the author of several books, including Knowledge and the State of Nature (OUP, 1991), and The Mind of God and the Works of Man, (OUP, 1996). He was General Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy until 2011.

Table of Contents

    1. Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
    2. What should I do? Plato's Crito
    3. How do we know? Hume's, Of Miracles
    4. What am I? An unknown Buddhist on the Self: King Milinda's chariot
    5. Some themes
    6. Of 'isms'
    7. Some more high spots: a personal selection
    8. Freedom of the will
    9. What's in it for whom
    Bibliography
    Where to go next
    Index