The Big Questions : Philosophy

Author(s): Simon Blackburn


The Big Questions series is designed to let renowned experts confront the 20 most fundamental and frequently asked questions of a major branch of science or philosophy. Each 3000-word essay simply and concisely examines a question that has eternally perplexed enquiring minds, and provides answers from history's great thinkers. This ambitious project is a unique distillation of humanity's best ideas.
In Big Questions: Philosophy, bestselling author Simon Blackburn addresses 20 essential questions.


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Simon Blackburn is Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University, and one of the most distinguished philosophers writing today. He is the author of the bestselling Dictionary of Philosophy, Think and Being Good, which has appeared in 15 languages. His Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed, a guidebook to philosophical ideas about truth and its distortions, from classical times to the present, has been published to rave reviews.

Is there a ghost in the machine? Can you have a watch without a watchmaker? What does anyone know? Is truth relative? What is reason? Why be good? Does time go by? Do I mean what you mean? Why does Nature keep on keeping on? Are we free? Why is there something and not nothing? Can machines think? What fills up space? Is there no such thing as society? What is beauty? How is it possible to deceive myself? How can I be happy? What is the meaning of life? Is death fearful? Can murder ever be justified?

General Fields

  • : 9781849160001
  • : hodder
  • : Quercus Publishing Plc
  • : 0.353802
  • : June 2016
  • : 210mm X 150mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Simon Blackburn
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 100
  • : 208
  • : 50 2-colour illustrations