I Think, Therefore I Am
All the Philosophy You Need to Know
Dealing with individual thinkers, from the Presocratics and ‘the Greek heavyweights’ to modern philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Derrida, this book explains the development of philosophical ideas over 2,500 years. There’s a Final Philosophy Paper at the end – but no answers.
You, This Book and 3,000 Years of Thought
This illustrated introduction to the great themes of philosophy follows a chronological path through the history of the subject, laying out the basic arguments of protagonists from Parmenides, Plato and Aristotle, through Aquinas, Augustine and Descartes, to Schopenhauer, Russell and Kuhn. Chapters are themed by era and philosophical movements.
This Book Will Make You Think
Philosophical Quotes and What They Mean
Beginning with Bentham on happiness ('The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation'), Alain Stephen examines the best-known quotes of the great philosophers and, in concise essays, explains the theories behind the words.
The Philosophical Life
Twelve Great Thinkers and the Search for Wisdom, From Socrates to Nietzsche
Starting with Socrates who, with his injunction to ‘know thyself’, has provided many thinkers with a model of the philosophical life, and ending with Nietzsche, James Miller provides brief biographies of twelve philosophers. The selection includes both canonical figures such as Augustine, Descartes and Kant, and less obvious thinkers including Diogenes, Montaigne and Emerson, but every one of them has ‘struggled to live his life according to a deliberately chosen set of precepts and beliefs’.
Skyscrapers, Hemlines and the Eddie Murphy Rule
What is the difference between Murphy’s Law and Sod’s Law? Why is the Pooh-Pooh Theory implausible? Will we fall victim to the Skyscraper Index? In chapters on everything from politics and economics to scuba diving, Philip Gooden sets out informal laws, unwritten rules and theories, and reveals their origins, the people responsible and what they mean – unless they are as inexplicable as Herblock’s Law: If it’s good, they’ll stop making it.
The Art of Flight
In the two tales that make up this volume, the bestselling author of The Fly Trap continues his exploration of the pleasures and trials of the people who study the smallest details of the natural world. In his characteristic blend of memoir and nature writing, he recalls his childhood and his career as a hoverfly collector, traces the lives of forgotten entomologists who left Sweden for the United States, and reflects on ambition, fear, romance and the richness of life.
The Possibility of Free Will
Do we have free will? It is a question that has exercised philosophers and theologians for centuries and feeds into many contemporary political, social and personal concerns. In this cogently argued book, the popular philosopher Julian Baggini explores the concept of free will from every angle, drawing on neuroscience, cognitive science and sociology as well as philosophy, and using real-world examples to reveal the kind of free will that is worth striving for.