ISBN : 9780192854216
How ought we to live? What really exists? How do we know? This book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. It emphasizes throughout the point of doing philosophy, explains how different areas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is done.
[The Very Short Introduction to Philosophy] shows that philosophy really can be fascinating, broad-minded and full of surprise. As a means of stimulating interest in the subject it has few rivals. - Julian Baggini, The Philosopher's Magazine
2: What should I do? Plato's Crito
3: How do we know? Hume's, Of Miracles
4: What am I? An unknown Buddhist on the Self: 'The Chariot' from The Questions of King Milinda
5: Some themes
6: Of 'isms'
7: Some more high spots — a personal selection
8: What's in it for whom?