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Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Stephen Mumford
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199657122
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 113
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An introduction to metaphysics offers questions and answers covering such issues as properties, changes, time, personal identity, nothingness, and consciousness.

Causation: A Very Short Introduction

Causation: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Stephen Mumford,Rani Lill Anjum
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019968443X
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 128
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Without cause and effect, there would be no science or technology, no moral responsibility, and no system of law. Causation is therefore the most fundamental connection in the universe and a core topic of philosophical thought. This Very Short Introduction introduces all of the main theories of causation and its key debates.

Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Edward Craig
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 0192854216
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 132
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Examines how philosophers including Plato, Descartes, Hobbes, Darwin, and de Beauvoir responded to real life situations, and how their responses continue to influence people today.

Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Tom Sorell
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191606561
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 128
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René Descartes (1596-1650) had a remarkably short working life, and his output was small, yet his contributions to philosophy and science have endured to the present day. He is perhaps best known for his statement 'Cogito, ergo sum'. By a mixture of 'intuition' and 'deduction' Descartes derived from the 'cogito' principle first the existence of a material world. But Descartes did not intend the metaphysics to stand apart from his scientific work, which included important investigations into physics, mathematics, psychology, and optics. In this book Tom Sorrell shows that Descartes was, above all, an advocate and practitioner of a new mathematical approach to physics, and that he developed his metaphysics to support his programme in the sciences. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Christopher Janaway
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191604496
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 160
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Schopenhauer is the most readable of German philosophers. This book gives a succinct explanation of his metaphysical system, concentrating on the original aspects of his thought, which inspired many artists and thinkers including Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud, and Wittgenstein. Schopenhauer's central notion is that of the will - a blind, irrational force that he uses to interpret both the human mind and the whole of nature. Seeing human behaviour as that of a natural organism governed by the will to life, Schopenhauer developed radical insights concerning the unconscious and sexuality which influenced both psychologists and philosophers. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Julia Annas
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 0192853570
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 127
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Presents fundamental philosophical questions as posed by ancient philosophers, comparing and contrasting modern differences in approach and perspective.

Reality: A Very Short Introduction

Reality: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Jan Westerhoff
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 0191638072
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 136
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'What is real?' has been one of the key questions of philosophy since its beginning in antiquity. It is a question that, due to such films as The Matrix, has also made its way into popular culture. But it is not just a question philosophers ask. It is also asked by scientists when they investigate whether the fundamental constituents of matter are actually 'out there' or just a mere abstraction from a successful theory. Cognitive scientists ask it when trying to find out which set of the bewildering array of data processed by our brain could constitute the basis for such supposedly fundamental entities like the free agent or the self. 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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction

Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Jonathan Barnes
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 9780192854087
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 160
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The influence of Aristotle, the prince of philosophers, on the intellectual history of the West is second to none. In this book Jonathan Barnes examines Aristotle's scientific researches, his discoveries in logic and his metaphysical theories, his work in psychology and in ethics and politics, and his ideas about art and poetry, placing his teachings in their historical context. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Simon Glendinning
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 019280345X
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 124
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"Simon Glendinning explores both the difficulty and significance of the work of Derrida, arguing that his challenging ideas make a significant contribution to philosophy."--P. [2] of cover.

Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

  • Author: Simon Critchley
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 0192853597
  • Category: History
  • Page: 149
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Simon Critchley's Very Short Introduction shows that Continental philosophy encompasses a distinct set of philosophical traditions and practices, with a compelling range of problems all too often ignored by the analytic tradition. He discusses the ideas and approaches of philosophers such as Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Habermas, Foucault, and Derrida, and introduces key concepts such as existentialism, nihilism, and phenomenology by explaining their place in the Continental tradition. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.