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Teach Yourself Philosophy

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Mel Thompson is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in philosophy, religion and ethics.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 14th 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published 1995)
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May 13, 2013 Ruben added it
I gave this book to my cat to read. She meowed all the way through it.
Russell Olson
I have been revisiting some of the concepts and thinkers that I studied while attaining my MA and decided that I wanted to pick up a book that would give me a basic overview of Western thought so that I might put those concepts and thinkers into a broader context than the one that I focused on. This book certainly provides a loose framework for a chronological look at ideas and thinkers in a way that is linear without being stodgy, and it doesn't pretend that it is anything more than that. So, f ...more
excellent resource covered many facets and loved the succintness

Moral and political decisions mired in values and ethical arguments
Ethics – Right and wrongs
Sense of fair play
More than personal values but a morality of the society

Certain human essentials
• Survival
• Food water
• Shelter
• Clothing
• Justice (rights and wrongs)
• Autonomy (freedom)

Freedom and determinism
Cause and effect – karma (abdication of responsibility?)
We are not totally free (society interdependence; psychological need for compa
a. it has nice typographic organization.
b. I have to start someplace, I'm no dummy, and all of the other philosophy overviews at major chain bookstore were from a historical perspective.
c. the author makes some leaps and assumptions and is all over the place at times, which is annoying, but I appreciate that organizes by the major themes of philosophy rather than by the major people in philosophy.
Martin Willoughby
Decent textbook, not for the causal reader.
Dec 29, 2013 Asif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for those with little previous knowledge and hunger to learn. This will get you started in the right direction - wonderfully and simply written.
Gaurav Mathur
Dec 31, 2015 Gaurav Mathur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to philosophy (even if you have read some). Good categorisation, clarification of concepts, and easy to understand examples. At the same time, does not become boring. Strongly recommended for anyone interested in the deeper questions.
This was a good, very broad overview which is exactly what I was looking for. Since so many topics and philosophers were touched on each one was only given cursory mention, but the book at least pointed the way to further study.
Ross Mountney
Well - trying not be even more confused than I was before! Need to read something simple now!
Aug 27, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who think!
Recommended to Mike by: Open University
A 'Must Read'
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