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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 ...more
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Published October 3rd 2011 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published 2011)
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M. Nasiri
Mar 29, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, reference
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Cassandra Kay Silva
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
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 ...more
Peter (Pete) 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
Ray Haleblian
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
To say this is "Read" is a bit of a stretch; it would be more fair to say it is "Read as a Preparation to Possibly Read Again". At its root, the material is challenging; choosing audio format as the form of presentation, the reader has given themselves a challenge. Find your rewind button and practice using it.

All arguments are ultimately (re)described formally, which i found harder to follow verbally than the accompanying prose discussion. Respecting the rigor of this, I still couldn't help
May 24, 2012 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
Reinhard Gobrecht
Mar 29, 2014 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 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.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nathan Albright
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is not quite as good a book as the authors think it is.  That is not say it is a bad book, by any means, just that it is not as good as the authors believe.  Still, if you have an interest in philosophy and want to look at the various arguments that exist within Western philosophy both in history and in the contemporary world of philosophy (such as it matters), this book will at least allow someone with a high degree of patience and interest in analytic philosophy to read about what ...more
Joseph Hirsch
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A "Philosophy for Dummies" book is a bit of a paradox, since even the most clearly explicated and seemingly simple theory creates counterarguments that lead to debates stretching over the course of centuries and sometimes even millennia. How do you condense that sort of information in such a way that the student (or the rusty post-graduate or perhaps just the homeless autodidact on the city bus) can have a sort of Kantian Cliff Notes at hand, whenever the need should arise?

You don't, I guess
Tyler Tidwell
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a unique philosophy book that boils each argument down to its simplest premise / conclusion form, which looks something like:

P1: This is a survey book.
P2: Survey books give a broad overview of a certain topic.
C1: This book gives a broad overview of a certain topic (philosophy).

Interestingly, as the book's commentary shows, the efficacy and logical validity of each argument is often a matter of interpretation, definition disputes, and other subjective preferences for which "reason" alone
R Nair
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent concise discussion of 100 important arguments in Epistemology, Religion, Metaphysics, Philosophy of mind, ethics etc. From Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas to Feminism, abortion and euthanasia, this book offers a compact lecture note style discussion of each topic covered. Each chapter is generally not more than 3 pages long and quickly discusses the argument and some major counter arguments before presenting the formal premesis and conclusions of philosophical logic which is a great help in ...more
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Good, quick overview (if there is such a thing) of the major arguments some of which I did not know about in a (mostly) understandable discussion. Very interesting book which I will likely reread in the future. ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
It seems to me that many of these arguments can be answered by combining simple concepts from machine learning and evolution. Two things that ancient greeks didn't know about.
Eduardo Garcia-Gaspar
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: filosofía
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
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