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Doing Philosophy: From Common Curiosity to Logical Reasoning

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What are philosophers trying to achieve? How can they succeed? Does philosophy make progress? Is it in competition with science, or doing something completely different, or neither?

Timothy Williamson tackles some of the key questions surrounding philosophy in new and provocative ways, showing how philosophy begins in common sense curiosity, and develops through our
Kindle Edition, 164 pages
Published June 13th 2018 by OUP Oxford
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Mitch Flitcroft
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“As a systematic, methodological form of inquiry, philosophy is a science, but not a natural science”.

The main thesis of this book is that philosophy is a kind of broadly-understood science. It argues for this claim as follows:

- Chap 1) Common Sense. Both science and philosophy begin by aiming to explain the way things seem to be. Of course, the way things seem to be may turn out to be wrong. Nevertheless, it remains the natural starting point of inquiry. Theories are developed to explain why
Abe Something
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does what it says on the tin, it's a clear guide to the methods we use to do philosophy. I read it as a refresher while I try to sort out a framework for introducing my young children to critical thinking and logical reasoning. If they were older, I would have simply passed them this book. There is none of the usual name dropping, assumed knowledge, or obscure referencing that often scares people off of their curiosity toward philosophy. Easy to follow and very instructive.

Read this before you
Tobias  den Haan
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent little introduction to contemporary (primarily analytic) philosophy. Williamson focuses on the methodology of philosophy and sometimes contrasts and sometimes compares it to the other sciences. Williamson doesn't really touch on the subfield of ethics at all as he is mostly concerned with logic, epistemology and metaphysics. The author succeeds in emphasising the oft contested relevance of philosophy and is rather humble in his writing. For anyone not all too familiar with philosophy ...more
Allan Savage
As I evaluate it, this is a book on ideas philosophically understood from within the analytic tradition which seriously tries to avoid the ultimate problem of skepticism. In the Introduction, Williamson notes Descartes’ “radical strategy of doubting what he could, including the whole world outside his mind, in order to rebuild science on the firm foundation of the few remaining certainties” (p. 1). Prior to its professional status in academia, philosophy is already in our lives both in trivial ...more
Synthia Salomon
“Philosophy is a science, albeit a distinct one. It’s a science in that it's a methodical and logical field of inquiry comparable with the natural sciences. Where the natural sciences study the natural world, philosophy studies the language and concepts we use to communicate about the world and the laws of logic that govern all forms of argumentation. Thus, philosophy is not in competition with the sciences. In fact, all scientific inquiry benefits from and ultimately depends upon philosophy.
Mesbha Uddin
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do philosophy matter in this modern era? What good could they bring in this science led civilization? How a question like "why is there something rather than nothing" could help us anyway? How philosophy is also a part of science?

If you think philosophy has become irrelevant or science could solve all the problems then this is a good read for you.

Thanks Blinkist for existing.
Mohamed Suliman
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب لطيف لكسر الصور النمطية عن الفلاسفة والتوضيح اقتراب المنهجيات الفلسفية للمنهج العلمي.. عن تشكيك الفلاسفة بكل نتاجات الفلاسفة وانتاجهم الفكري.. عن التجارب الفكرية وعن أثر الفلسفة في تطوير حياتنا وقدمنا العلمي.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: academics
I read the Blinkist abridgement
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was wounderful, author clearly stated the art and the position of whitch philosophy rule stands on.
Although ,oversimplified and in some points unnecessary extension of words,well organized.
Alerk Ablikim
Very analytical, a bit too generic but a fine introduction into philosophy and a nice plea in a modern world.
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