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    This is a very nice scholarly University level book about the foundational issues of philosophical thought published by Oxford University Press All the topics discussed in this book are presented in a rigorous but at the same time reasonably accessible way It is accurate and detailed enough so to be philosophically meaningful sharp and to the point managing to pack lots of info and useful bibliographic references within the scope of a single book not a negligible feat considering the type of the subjects treated in this bookIt does not descend into overly technical details but it does not try to oversimplify intrinsically complex subjects either It is a perfect book if you wish to take than a superficial look at this fascinating discipline and you have already had some prior exposure to itStructurally this book is a compendium of articles by different authors but I must say that it manages to keep a reasonably uniform level of uality style and unityAnd these articles are usually well written and balanced presenting in a nuanced manner all the main different philosophical positions on the subjects being studied The only aspect to take into account is that this book is overall characterized by a strongly Analytical rather than Continental approach which is honestly declared at the very beginning of the book so if you are inclined towards a Continental approach you may not find this book ideally suited to your inclinations A bit of evaluation of the individual parts of the book the first section about epistemology is really good the same applies to the second part logic the following section is about philosophy of science it is pretty nicely done but in my opinion it is a bit too short and it lacks important contributions such as Kuhn and Kant the next section is about metaphysics and it contains some very interesting essays about causation the philosophy of time and the ever recurring so called problem of Universals The last part of this section though is about the very tricky philosophical concept of substance in my opinion it is a bit too technical too focused on the Aristotelian hylomorphist proposal and of limited interest to contemporary insights and discussions there is then a section about philosophy of mind and consciousness which is very good and informative the book now focuses on history of philosophy From page 340 to page 400 the book deals with pre Socratic philosophy and with Plato To be honest I am less than enthusiastic about the insufficient in my opinion level of detail and scholarly depth with which Plato is discussed by the author Real pity as he his one of my favorite philosophers there is then a pretty good essay about Aristotle's philosophy Given the depth and breadth of Aristotle's philosophy it had to be necessarily very succinct and selective; however I think that it manages to do decent job in explaining the main features of this very important thinker Pages 440 to 480 are dedicated to the rationalists and Kant The related essays are pretty good but not enough detail and weight has been given to Kant especially considering the fundamental influence the Kantian approach has provided to all subseuent modern philosophical thought while pages 480 to 550 are dedicated to the Empiricists Locke Berkeley and Hume Very good essays here The author highlights the strengths and some major shortcomings of these philosophers such as the tension between realism and empiricism realism asserts the independence of objects from the experience of them while empiricism asserts the fundamental dependence upon experience of anything we can say about them the final two sections are about ethics which is the section I enjoyed the least being in my opinion too succinct and technical and about aesthetics which is very niceOverall a very nice and informative read which I uite enjoyed


  2. says:

    This is an excellent compendium of articles on various aspects of philosophy For most philosophical topics on an undergraduate degree there is an introductory article Most of the articles find that difficult balance of being philosophically useful and interesting whilst being concise and approachable by anyone approaching a particular topic for the first time It would be wrong to claim that all the chapters are eually good and there are one or two weaker sections but overall this mostly maintains a high standard


  3. says:

    As the description says Not many are likely to read all the articles though some might This is an outspend compilation of article and other tools for reading philosophy on a grand scale The articles I understood were remarkably fine and helpful


  4. says:

    Recommended by Roger Scruton in his An Intelligent Person's Guide to Philosophy


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    Philosophy 1 A Guide through the Subject Vol 1 by A C Grayling 1999


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Philosophy 1: A Guide through the Subject

Read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ç A.C. Grayling

This is the best general book on philosophy for university students not just an introduction but a guide which will serve them throughout their studi This is a very nice scholarly University level book about the foundational issues of philosophical thought published by Oxford University Press All the topics discussed in this book are presented in a rigorous but at the same time reasonably accessible way It is accurate and detailed enough so to be philosophically meaningful sharp and to the point managing to pack lots of info and useful bibliographic references within the scope of a single book not a negligible feat considering the type of the subjects treated in this bookIt does not descend into overly technical details but it does not try to oversimplify intrinsically complex subjects either It is a perfect book if you wish to take than a superficial look at this fascinating discipline and you have already had some prior exposure to itStructurally this book is a compendium of articles by different authors but I must say that it manages to keep a reasonably uniform level of uality style and unityAnd these articles are usually well written and balanced presenting in a nuanced manner all the main different philosophical positions on the subjects being studied The only aspect to take into account is that this book is overall characterized by a strongly Analytical rather than Continental approach which is honestly declared at the very beginning of the book so if you are inclined towards a Continental approach you may not find this book ideally suited to your inclinations A bit of evaluation of the individual parts of the book the first section about epistemology is really good the same applies to the second part logic the following section is about philosophy of science it is pretty nicely done but in my opinion it is a bit too short and it lacks important contributions such as Kuhn and Kant the next section is about metaphysics and it contains some very interesting essays about causation the philosophy of time and the ever recurring so called problem of Universals The last part of this section though is about the very tricky philosophical concept of substance in my opinion it is a bit too technical too focused on the Aristotelian hylomorphist proposal and of limited interest to contemporary insights and discussions there is then a section about philosophy of mind and consciousness which is very good and informative the book now focuses on history of philosophy From page 340 to page 400 the book deals with pre Socratic philosophy and with Plato To be honest I am less than enthusiastic about the insufficient in my opinion level of detail and scholarly depth with which Plato is discussed by the author Real pity as he his one of my favorite philosophers there is then a pretty good essay about Aristotle's philosophy Given the depth and breadth of Aristotle's philosophy it had to be necessarily very succinct and selective; however I think that it manages to do decent job in explaining the main features of this very important thinker Pages 440 to 480 are dedicated to the rationalists and Kant The related essays are pretty good but not enough detail and weight has been given to Kant especially considering the fundamental influence the Kantian approach has pro

Review Philosophy 1: A Guide through the Subject

Es It is intended to orientate assist and stimulate the reader at every stage in the study of the subject Eleven extended essays have been specially This is an excellent compendium of articles on various aspects of philosophy For most philosophical topics on an undergraduate degree there is an introductory article Most of the articles find that difficult balance of being philosophically useful and interesting whilst being concise and approachable by anyone approaching a particular topic for the first time It would be wrong to claim that all the chapters are eually good and there are one or two weaker sections but overall this mostly maintains a high standard

Read Ï PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ç A.C. Grayling

Commissioned from leading philosophers; each surveys a major area of the subject and offers an accessible but sophisticated account of the main debat As the description says Not many are likely to read all the articles though some might This is an outspend compilation of article and other tools for reading philosophy on a grand scale The articles I understood were remarkably fine and helpful

  • Paperback
  • 688
  • Philosophy 1: A Guide through the Subject
  • A.C. Grayling
  • English
  • 01 April 2019
  • 9780198752431

About the Author: A.C. Grayling

Anthony Clifford A C Grayling is a British philosopher In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities an independent undergraduate college in London Until June 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck University of London where he taught from 1991 He is also a supernumerary fellow of St Anne's College OxfordHe is a director and contributor at Pr