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Have you ever lain awake at night fretting over how we can be sure of the reality of the external world? Perhaps we are in fact disembodied brains, floating in vats at the whim of some deranged puppet-master? If so, you are not alone - and what's more, you are in exalted company. For this question and other ones like it have been the stuff of philosophical rumination from ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published 2007 by Querclus Publishing Plc (first published August 2nd 1981)
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Paul Bryant
Jul 05, 2008 Paul Bryant rated it it was ok
Shelves: science
I’ve read a few of these fifty essential ideas now and even with the nice big print and quotations in boxes and timelines and all these great ideas bite-sized and right-sized and fun-sized and slipping down my throat like lozenges made of mentholated wisdom, I’m beginning to think that philosophy is bollocks. I already know theology is bollocks. History is bollocks too. Economics is bollocks. Opera is astonishingly expansively expensively convincingly bollocks. Space opera is bollocks everywhere ...more
Steve
Sep 25, 2010 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
A fascinating - and more to the point, enjoyable - collection of 50 essays, each spanning 4 pages and accompanied with various sidepanels, quotations and notes. From slippery slopes to the prisoner's dilemma, from the cosmological argument to animal rights, Dupré brings a welcome clarity to questions that we should all care about. If you're looking for an accessible introduction to the ideas of Plato, Descartes, Hume and other influential thinkers throughout history, and if you don't know your c ...more
Abeer Saleh
الكتاب ضمن سلسلة تُعرف بـ "50 فكرة يجب أن تعرفها عن.."، والطبعة التي بين يدي هي الطبعة الأولى بتاريخ أكتوبر 2012، بترجمة هالة حسنين، و صادرة من المكتب المصري للمطبوعات، بمساعدة "صندوق منحة الترجمة" المقدمة من معرض الشارقة الدولي للكتاب.

يحاول الكتاب أن يكون مدخلًا للمبتدئ أو للحديث المعرفة بالفلسفة ونظرياتها أو فرضياتها، كيف بدأت؟ ، وكيف تطورت؟ ،ومن ساهم في نضوجها واكتشافها ؟ ، و مدى قابليتها للتصديق أو القول بها في الوقت المعاصر.


يقع الكتاب في 9 فصول، كل منها اختص بجانب معين، وتناول أمورًا عديدة
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Tevfik
Aug 15, 2015 Tevfik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İyi bir zihin jimnastiği yapmak istiyorsanız işe yarayacak bir kitap. Tavsiyem okumayla sınırlı kalmamak, belki de her bir meseleyi arkadaşlarla tartışmaktır, zira o kadar insanlığa ait 50 fikir ki, var olduğunu hiç bilmesek de pek çoğu zaten yaşamımız boyunca en az bir kez aklımıza gelmiştir; bu yüzden de zevkle tartışılabilir.
Ana
Dec 22, 2015 Ana rated it it was amazing
I picked up a physical copy of this book on a whim in a lovely little book shop and I'm really glad I did. I think it's an excellent introduction to philosophy. It presents each of its 50 ideas in the same structure of 4 pages with a timeline to place the concept, practical examples, the idea itself and counter-arguments, as well as quotes and little boxes with related information. It's this consistency and structure that I really appreciate, it never feels patronizing, confusing or subjective, ...more
باحث
ترجمة نُسخ (الخمسون فكرة) من صندوق منحة الترجمة من معرض الشارقة الدولي
مع وجود نفس الأخطاء سواءً المطبعية أو الورقية --كحصول التمزق من المنتصف --

عدا ذلك الكتاب جيد في عرض أشهر المباحث الفلسفية أو الإشكالات
في المعرفة أو المنطق أو الأديان أو العلوم إلخ

وينصح لمن أراد أن يطلع على الفلسفة أي المبتدئ لأخذ صورة شبه كاملة عنها

ولم يتطرقوا لمبحث اللامتناهيات كمبحث مستقل ولكن مذكور بالعرض في الحجة الكونية من قسم الأديان
وكذلك مشكلة الاستقراء لم تذكر إلا بالعرض في أقسام الحجج
وذكر حل بوبر في مربع صغير في قسم
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Jennifer
Jun 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
It took my ages to finish this book, but it was a great experience. I learned a lot and gained insight into main philosophical debates and ideas. It also has an excellent reference section, and I will definitely do some more reading on some of the theories. Great book to broaden your general knowledge.
Craig
Aug 27, 2014 Craig rated it it was amazing
Probably the best introductory text on key philosophical concepts and ideas I have come across.

Definitely recommend for both budding and seasoned readers of philosophy.
Sara Al-Jishi
Mar 21, 2017 Sara Al-Jishi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
الترجمة سيئة وبصعوبة جدا تستطيع إستيعاب مواضيع فلسفية بهذه الترجمه
لم اقرأ منه إلا القليل ولم استطع إكماله
M.
Mar 18, 2017 M. rated it liked it
W zasadzie warta polecenia. Jedna z tych książek, które pasują do kategorii "dobra na początek". Wszystko przystępnie opisane. Jest ok.
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Fran Pereira
A proposta do autor de trazer respostas para nossas principais indagações filosóficas é interessante, assim como a forma de apresentação dos capítulos, mas não atende às expectativas.
Kathryn
Feb 21, 2017 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This nonfiction book is a set of essays, introducing the major ideas of philosophy from antiquity to the modern age, and I think it is a great resource.

After the Introduction, various topics are covered in grouped essays. Problems of Knowledge covers, among other things, the "brain in a vat"  theory and Cogito Ergo Sum. We move on to Mind Matters (Turing tests), before we reach Ethics (the Golden Rule and slippery slopes). After a short section on Animal Rights, we have Logic and Meaning (the ga
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Ian Russell
Dec 22, 2014 Ian Russell rated it really liked it
Normally I would shy away from such a book as this because a) it's a book of a list, b) it has one of those annoying imperative titles, and c) a combination of a) and b) usually signals a superficial view of something deserving deeper consideration. Why did I buy it? I can't remember. It seems I've fallen into the common habit that inflicts ebook readers, I can't stop purchasing bargains for later.

I have had no education in philosophy but it's a subject which I've long thought might interest me.
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Jien
Mar 29, 2016 Jien rated it it was ok
Well, it was okay.

I was handed this at work and given less than two days to come up with philosophy related questions for an essay contest at my school. I found it a breezy read and got through it in a few hours. I had no difficultly in understanding anything because I frequently read/listen to/watch this kind of stuff for fun. I literally did not encounter a single new idea in this book. That's not why it gets two stars.

As an English teacher, I found the language of this book to be very problem
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Luis
Feb 20, 2015 Luis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 50-ideas, philosophy
Ben Dupré usa el formato de la colección "50 ideas" para arrojar una serie de teorías de distintos autores y debatir brevemente sobre cada una de ellas. Sin mucho orden, se juntan autores antiguos con otros de una estética muy contemporánea, problemas clásicos con teoría de juegos y se debate sobre la existencia de Dios a la vez que se intenta acorralar a paradojas imposibles.

Dupré - que ya me dejó buen sabor de boca con "50 ideas sobre Política" - ha conseguido modelar un libro muy atractivo y
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Frank
Oct 29, 2011 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: acquisto
In un periodo storico come quello attuale è quasi inevitabile ascoltare giudizi istintivi e prese di posizione decisamente rigide.

In generale tutti sanno tutto e pochi sono disposti a discutere le proprie convinzioni né tantomeno ascoltare quelle altrui.

La filosofia, materia da me mai affrontata nel corso dei miei studi tecnici, pone rimedio a questo atteggiamento blindato e viene in soccorso di coloro a chi vorrebbe affrontare argomenti delicati che non prevedono risposte certe.

E’ questo il pun
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Feb 12, 2008 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jennifer (JC-S) by: fionnabhair@bigpond.com
Shelves: owned
How can we be sure of the reality of the external world?

If this question has never crossed your mind, then perhaps you need read no further. On the other hand, if you are intrigued about how people can debate the reality of existence (and why) then this may be just the book to introduce you to some fascinating philosophical ideas.
This book is not an exhaustive exploration of philosophy, nor does it attempt a detailed explanation of the ideas introduced. What it does do, and does very well, is in
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Stephanie
Mar 16, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
So to me this book was a crash course in philosophy. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who is taking a 100 or even 200 level philosophy class who needs to study for their final exam. Personally, I didn't find it a riveting read, but it was informative and usually not too heavy. Personally, I don't like side textboxes and quotes, but I can see how the dynamic content would appeal to others. I do find it fascinating that I had a lot of background knowledge and information on a lot of t ...more
Salman Ravoof
Nov 21, 2015 Salman Ravoof rated it really liked it
I wanted to get started with philosophy, but the field is so vast that I was really confused where to begin.

Moreover, there are a lot of new age "philosophies" (if you can even call it that) that really irk me. I wasn't interested in that.

My interest was mainly in Western Philosophy. Specifically the one which dealt with rationality, freethinking, science, and the likes. This book seemed like a good place to start.

It presents almost all the major philosophical ideas in a short concise version.
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Nathan Hassall
Jun 11, 2012 Nathan Hassall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a keen reader of philosophy, I used this book to open up new perspectives of philosophical thinking so I had a direction in what I wanted to look into further. The book is clearly laid out, and provides you with 50 very popular theories in philosophy, touching on problems of knowledge, ethics, animal rights, logic, science, aesthetics, religion, politics, and others.

This book gives different theories and philosophical ideas (for example, 'The Brain in a Vat')and provides criticisms, side stud
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James
Jul 14, 2015 James rated it really liked it
I think this was a great philosophy book. Seen as it was my first time reading something that has to do with philosophy i mean actual philosophy, i found this book amazing and so insightful. Off course not all the things written in it would i accept but the fact that this but has opened my mind set about a lot of things i hardly knew about, i would recommend that a lot people get to read it. It's so insightful at the same time educating. It was so coherently written that even if you don't know a ...more
Hoseyn Atlasi
Dec 24, 2012 Hoseyn Atlasi rated it really liked it
I chose this book due to its smaller size compared to most other philosophy books.

The writer has managed to simplify some very heavy and very important concepts of philosophy into a few pages.

The concepts talked about are truly things you will need to know, at one point or another the book will begin to question your beliefs and the ideas you may take for granted.
The whole concept of philosophical ideas presented in this book is to be able to specify distinguishing aspects of one thought from an
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Jesse Houle
Dec 06, 2008 Jesse Houle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very good at being what you might expect it to be. For being incredibly concise (4 pages per idea) it conveys quite a bit about a great many important and influential ideas. There were definitely many points where I'd think to myself, "I've had this conversation with friends and we wondered if people thought about this." Yes, they do. It's very good with its timelines and citing of sources at directing you where to go for further research and reading so you can better understand wha ...more
Shahadalnejaim
Sep 24, 2015 Shahadalnejaim rated it did not like it
يبدو بأني رفعت سقف توقعاتي كثيرًا بهذا الكتاب

وشعرت بأنه من الضروري البدء بقراءة الكتاب قبل التعمُّق في كتب الفلسفة الأخرى
ولكن كنتُ مخطئة لأنه لم تذكر تلك الأفكار المدهشة أو المعلومات الغريبة التي يجب أن أعرفها عن الفلسفة كما ذكر العنوان.

هنا بعض القصص الفلسفية التي ذكرت في كتب الفلسفة العادية بشكل أوضح من كونها هنا في كتاب خُصِّص للأفكار الضرورية في هذا المجال !!

فلسفة الأخلاق وفلسفة الوجود كانت معلومات متشابكة ذكرت في غيرها من الكتب بطريقة أكثر وضوحًاو تشويق

ربما الترجمة لم تكن جيدة !


الباب الو
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Benjamin Taylor
Jul 24, 2016 Benjamin Taylor rated it it was ok
The primary issue with Dupré's book is that it makes multiple pro-atheistic conclusions that are drawn by attacking weak or simply misrepresented Christian arguments and ideas. While Christians should be willing to confront atheistic arguments, this book provides only cheap answers. Accordingly, I do not recommend it for atheists or theists alike.

On the other hand, if you aware of the unfortunate aspect of the book mentioned above, this book can be an quick, easy, and interesting introduction t
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Alex Zbarcea
Feb 16, 2014 Alex Zbarcea rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Screenwriters
I would consider the book as a collection of philosophy ideas for Hollywood. I read it as one idea per day (mostly), and thought about it. Now as I think backwards, there may be more interesting ideas reading Olympian tales.

The book is structured as most of the american encyclopedias, with Trivia, or other spicy information.

I consider it rather superficial, and lacks the historical, cultural and social aspects of philosophers and their ideas. It is good if you like Summaries.
John
Jan 21, 2012 John rated it liked it
It's a fairly enjoyable read - potted philosophy at an undergraduate level.

For those who want a more expert potted digest - then, skip this book, and read Simon Blackburn's Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy instead.

Dupre tends to jump to conclusions - fortunately I agreed with nearly all of the conclusions. Others won't agree.

Another downside - the books inevitably omits some major ethical topics,e.g, semiotics, situation ethics, solipsism, or tries inappropriately to include them in other topics.
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Greg Plante
Dec 30, 2008 Greg Plante rated it really liked it
I love these types of books as a jumping off point for contemplation and further reading. This one does a nice job in quickly articulating the main ideas (4 pages per concept), and the ideas chosen are, for the most part, varied, interesting and intuitively ordered. I would have loved to see a "suggested reading" box at the end of each section, but then again I guess it's just as easy to google it.

I'd recommend to anyone who has a mild interest in philosophy or anyone who has a strong interest i
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Kristina  UK
Apr 24, 2011 Kristina UK rated it liked it
Parts of this book went WHOOSH over my head, but parts of it really clarified some philosophical ideas I had heard about but never investigated. That having been said each idea is covered only very briefly and it's hard to put a good "pros" & "cons" essay in such a concise space.

But for a introduction to some quite confusing ideas it did a great job and it piqued my interest in followin up some of the ideas and authors quoted/featured.

Parts of it were also throwbacks to my psychology & s
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Vincent
Sep 23, 2011 Vincent rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Ben Dupré’s 50 Philosophy Ideas You Need to Know offers a well-organized primer for those curious about philosophy. Each of the ideas is given four pages, which is mostly adequate to at least introduce the topics although some of the earlier entries, whose concepts are relatively simple, seem further confused and complicated through the effort to fill the required pages. However, by the second third of the book Dupré hits his stride and the descriptions become both informative, easily digestible ...more
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