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Introduction 1: Knowledge 2: Mind 3: Free Will 4: The Self 5: God 6: Reasoning 7: The World 8: What To Do Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Simon Blackburn is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. Until recently he was Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, and from 1969 to 1999 a Fellow and Tutor at Pembroke College, Oxford. His books include Spreading the Word (1984), Essays in Quasi-Realism (1993), The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (1994), Ruling Passions (1998), Truth (co-edited with Keith Simmons, 1999), and the best-selling Think (1999). He edited the journal Mind from 1984 to 1990.


Blackburn (philosophy, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) has written this book "for people who want to think about the big themesÄknowledge, reason, truth, mind, freedom, destiny, identity, God, goodness, justice"Äbut, more importantly, to think about them philosophically. His method is to introduce what other philosophersÄprimarily Plato, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Leibniz, Hume, and KantÄhave had to say about these themes. To make the arguments more understandable to the lay reader, he presents the problem and then makes extensive use of analogies to ordinary situations, thus making the philosophical point more perspicuous. To read this book is to sit down with an engaging, highly learned conversationalist; readers new to the subject could very well be captivated. Highly recommended for academic and public library collections.ÄLeon H. Brody, U.S. Office of Personnel Mgt. Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

`Blackburn has produced the one book every smart person should read to understand, and even enjoy, the key questions of philosophy, ranging from those about free will and morality to what we can really know about the world around us.' Walter Isaacson, Time Magazine

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