Is this the right book for me?This book is the essential introduction to the history of Western thought.
Covering all the key thinkers, both ancient and modern, and all the major branches of philosophy, it will give you new insights about the world we live in.
Packed full of examples and clear explanations, and with key terms defined and explained, it is ideal whether you are student looking for a quick refresher or just want to explore this fascinating topic out of personal interest.
Understand Philosophy includes: Chapter 1: The theory of knowledgeEmpiricism and rationalismKnowledge and justification: are you certain?The external world: appearance and realityIntuitive knowledgeScepticismThe proof of the pudding... Chapter 2: The philosophy of scienceA historical overviewFrom evidence to theory: scientific methodExperiments and objectivityRight, wrong or what?The social sciencesWhat counts as science?Science and authorityChapter 3: Language and logicLanguage and certaintyLanguage and perceptionKnowledge and languageLinguistic philosophyFormal logicChapter 4: The philosophy of mindAncient minds: Plato and Aristotle'I think, therefore I am'The relationship between mind and bodySurvival?The concept of mindA 'place' for mind?Neurones and computersKnowing me, knowing youCognitive scienceA 'personal' postscriptChapter 5: The philosophy of religionFaith, reason and beliefReligious languageReligious experienceDoes God exist?The origin and design of the universe: religion or science?MiraclesThe problem of evilCompensation after death?Psychological and sociological explanations of religionSome general remarks Chapter 6: EthicsFacts, values and choicesFreedom and determinismKinds of ethical languageThree bases for ethicsAbsolute or relative morality?Virtue ethicsThe social contractApplied ethicsChapter 7: Political philosophyOnly individuals?The social contractThe general willMarx and materialismJusticeFreedom and lawFeminismSome conclusionsChapter 8: Continental philosophyPhenomenologyExistentialismStructuralismPostmodernismChapter 9: Some other branches of philosophyAestheticsThe philosophy of historyThe philosophy of educationChapter 10: The scope of philosophy todayLearn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject. Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.