This book presents - in a straightforward, easy-to-understand style - the basics of how to 'do philosophy': what philosophy is, how we can think, the nature of logic, some special terms, etc. Then, using questions and exercises, as well as everyday examples, the book takes the reader on a wide-ranging tour of exciting philosophical topics (as well as the 'standard fare' of logic, epistemology, mind, God, etc.), which also includes ethical, social, scientific, cultural, and human issues (such as time, cosmology, war, animal rights, euthanasia, abortion, genetics, evolution, and the meaning of life). The book's emphasis throughout is that philosophy is accessible to anyone and that, as a subject, philosophy is practical, fascinating, and exciting. By encouraging independent critical thinking and being succinct yet informative, the book involves the reader with: the history, the breadth of subject matter, the skills of philosophizing, and the benefits that philosophy can offer to the enquiring individual. Doing Philosophy accesses major philosophical topics briefly, breaking them down into convenient chunks, with challenging questions throughout and exercise questions at the end of each chapter, and it introduces major thinkers and their ideas. An extensive further reading list is also included to help those who wish to take this absorbing subject further.
Publication Date: 4/21/2012