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Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy

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Does the existence of evil call into doubt the existence of God? Show me the argument. Philosophy starts with questions, but attempts at answers are just as important, and these answers require reasoned argument. Cutting through dense philosophical prose, 100 famous and influential arguments are presented in their essence, with premises, conclusions and logical form plainl ...more
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 2011)
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Peter Mcloughlin
This is a good bare bones book of 100 philosophical arguments a person would probably encounter as an undergraduate in college. It has sections that include Philosophy and Religion, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy of mind, Language and Philosophy. In this book you get the arguments in short bit sized chunks stripped down and a few major criticisms of the argument. It is like cliff notes for philosophy. I enjoyed the book. If someone wants a good primer for introductory philosophy ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
Aug 14, 2012 Cassandra Kay Silva rated it liked it
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Not personally what I was hoping for. Its not that I can't appriciate concise compilations, but I think this took some of the "essence" of major philosophical works and threw it to the wind. Lets reduce every possible philosophical argument to mathematical equations and see what the answers are? Sorry there are no answers to life, half of life is in the asking of the question and the other half in the exploration of the unknown. Question asked answer given?> Not really how I feel about philos ...more
Tyler
May 24, 2012 Tyler rated it it was amazing
There are a few things that are great about this book:

1. It covers more than just one area of philosophy. It covers just about everything except aesthetics, I believe. Including morality, political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics.

2. It is literally as it says; just the arguments. It literally gives maybe one or two pages worth of information about the argument, like who argued for it, how they came to it, and then it's straight into putting the argument into a logic
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Reinhard Gobrecht
Mar 29, 2014 Reinhard Gobrecht rated it really liked it
The books shows in a very compact way a lot of philosophical arguments. The advantage is: you must not read endless books in philosophy, you can find in this book 100 arguments which are made visible in one book. Arguments from Augustin, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, Davidson an many others.
In some way there is not in any case a sharpness distinction between principles (Axioms) and arguments. Nevertheless the book gives a lot of information with exactly references to the primary literature.
Yara Hatem
Aug 12, 2013 Yara Hatem rated it liked it
I like how simple and very basic the idea of this book is. I like how they took a simple idea and just went with it.

This book somehow rejuvenated my faith in the fact that logical Reasoning is independent of political and religious commitments.

Put simply, an argument is valid or it is not. Yet Whether or not it is convincing is another issue.
Eduardo Garcia-Gaspar
Jun 15, 2016 Eduardo Garcia-Gaspar rated it really liked it
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Diversos autores resumen una selección de los argumentos/temas filosóficos más importantes de todos los tiempos, desde religión, hasta epistemología, pasando por metafísica, ética, filosofía de la mente y ciencia y lenguaje.
Cada capítulo resume uno de los argumentos, desde las cinco pruebas de Aquino hasta el argumento de las ciencias y pseudociencias de K Popper; una amplísima variedad de temas.
En cada capítulo, su autor inicia con una bibliografía del argumento que trata para posteriormente h
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