Nothing So Absurd: An Invitation to Philosophy

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Broadview Press, 2003. 9. 2. - 196페이지

Written in clear, non-technical language, Nothing So Absurd is a succinct and accessible introduction to topics in the history of Western philosophy. In seven concise chapters, the author introduces the reader to the central topics within the discipline. In some cases (such as metaphysics and epistemology) he adopts a historical approach, while in others (such as ethics and philosophy of religion) the focus is as much on contemporary issues as it is on historical developments. In each area, he presents material of great intrinsic interest in a fashion that also provides a sense of the broad sweep of the discipline.

This book provides a fair-minded exposition of a wide-range of viewpoints throughout, and dwells, in its final chapter, on the virtues of philosophical realism, thus presenting the reader with the opportunity to engage with a direct philosophical argument. A guide to further reading will assist readers new to philosophy.

 

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Introduction What is Philosophy?
1
The Nature of Existence
17
Language Reason and Truth
44
Knowledge and Doubt
69
Values and Virtues
98
Space Time Change and the Infinite
125
God Evil and the Meanings of Life
150
SEVEN Some Metaphysical Musings
176
Further Reading
188
Index
192
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Phillip Hoffmann is Associate Dean of Degree Studies at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, AB.

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