~Pdf ♔ Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy ☺ PDF or E-pub free

~Pdf ♶ Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy ♚ Here at last is a coherent, unintimidating introduction to the challenging and fascinating landscape of Western philosophy Written expressly for anyone who believes there are big questions out there, but does not know how to approach them, Think provides a sound framework for exploring the most basic themes of philosophy, and for understanding how major philosophers have tackled the questions that have pressed themselves most forcefully on human consciousness Loved it Simon Blackburn surely did make me thinklots At times easier than others, and there were many times I had to re read bit several times There were also times that lead me to crack open a few other web pages to find outabout certain things topics that were new to me So, for these reasons alone, this book was quite an education.The were times that the book tested my curiosity in the sense of suspended my previously held prejudices, and unreasoned beliefs These times were Loved it Simon Blackburn surely did make me thinklots At times easier than others, and there were many times I had to re read bit several times There were also times that lead me to crack open a few other web pages to find outabout certain things topics that were new to me So, for these reasons alone, this book was quite an education.The were times that the book tested my curiosity in the sense of suspended my previously held prejudices, and unreasoned beliefs These times were surprisingly exhilarating, and I came out the other side, in some state that is different to the previous state My mind ideas are still in turmoil, so looking forward to watching the kaleidoscopic swirling colours of ideas as the morph to new swirling patterns I hope they never settle The book was indeed a quick and deep dip into philosophy, and has spurred me on to find outabout the bits that really interest me Mind and Consciousness I ve read this ages ago, but since I ve recently decided to start reading all the philosophy books that I ve been putting off for some time now, I thought this might be a great refresher.This book is a good introduction to the genre and it does a great job at categorising the big themes and questions of philosophy You get a taste of what s to come if you decide to delve further into the topics It s short and concise as concise as any philosophy book can be. A rather well structured introduction to philosophy, Simon Blackburn s book is a good read for anybody interested in an overview of the biggest issues that contemporary philosophers are working on An issue that one may find when reading this book is a difficult writing style Blackburn has an odd style and it takes time to get used to the way he tries to get his point across If you can get past the difficult prose, it s a solid introductory text. I wanted to refresh my knowledge of basic philosophic categories such an existence, essence etc and main fields of philosophy such as ontology, epistemology, metaphysics etc This is the wrong book for that I put it aside after 50% It is good if one has to educate themselves for a pub discussion Predictably but disappointedly, Hume and Locke seem to be omnipresent while Kant appears very rare and Descartes with his ontological argument is made a pumpkin imho The rest is pedestrian common I wanted to refresh my knowledge of basic philosophic categories such an existence, essence etc and main fields of philosophy such as ontology, epistemology, metaphysics etc This is the wrong book for that I put it aside after 50% It is good if one has to educate themselves for a pub discussion Predictably but disappointedly, Hume and Locke seem to be omnipresent while Kant appears very rare and Descartes with his ontological argument is made a pumpkin imho The rest is pedestrian common sense discussions for people who do not know what philosophy is about The kind of books you read when you are bored it will surly make you..THINK and re think it all over again Although it s titled as an introduction to Philosophy, Simon Blackwell s widely acclaimed Think, is a deceptively mighty beast of a book, and it covers a huge amount of ground without dumbing anything down So much so, that I wouldn t really recommend it as a general introduction if you re brand new to the subject, due to the amount of depth that it goes into right from the start Think is set out in chapters, each one covering a different big question such as Knowledge, God, Truth, Justice, Although it s titled as an introduction to Philosophy, Simon Blackwell s widely acclaimed Think, is a deceptively mighty beast of a book, and it covers a huge amount of ground without dumbing anything down So much so, that I wouldn t really recommend it as a general introduction if you re brand new to the subject, due to the amount of depth that it goes into right from the start Think is set out in chapters, each one covering a different big question such as Knowledge, God, Truth, Justice, Free Will etc , with Blackwell providing numerous analogies to askquestions in order to try and figure out how to solve the big question Each chapter and big question also includes plenty of examples of how philosophers have tried to answer them in the past, and Blackwell does an excellent job of relating these to present day situations to make them as comprehensible as possible However, even though his tone is engaging throughout, it s still a very textbook style book to plough through, and it s something that I ve been dipping in and out of for the past two months Stick with it though because it s very interesting to read lots of different viewpoints on the same topic and compare them to what you already believe in or have learnt in the past.Philosophy still sadly has a bad rep amongst many circles in society as being a nothing subject to study, but in our present scenario of hyper consumerism and worldwide uncertainty about our future, maybe it s time we all sat down and gave some thought to the big questions of life This reread Oct 2017 convinced me that my daily status updates from my first read merely reveal my inabilities as a reader Blackburn deserves the following revisionist status update While pointing my finger at Blackburn, accusing him of unclear writing, i really was pointing 3 fingers at myself, the ill prepared reader.I experienced less overall difficulty grasping Blackburn s summaries of others ideas this time The Reasoning chapter still gave me fits so maybe this book isn t for people This reread Oct 2017 convinced me that my daily status updates from my first read merely reveal my inabilities as a reader Blackburn deserves the following revisionist status update While pointing my finger at Blackburn, accusing him of unclear writing, i really was pointing 3 fingers at myself, the ill prepared reader.I experienced less overall difficulty grasping Blackburn s summaries of others ideas this time The Reasoning chapter still gave me fits so maybe this book isn t for people in search of an intro to basic logic The Mind, Free Will, and The World chapters, however, came thru just fine, possibly because i ve read enough books and essays to develop a basic understanding of those main ideas.I retain my 3 star rating because well read philosophiles won t find anything new or challenging while neophytes will need a supportive reading environment instructor classmates In short, it might be a bit too hard for an introduction but not hard enough foradvanced students.I m probably wrong about this because i m still pretty new to philosophy, but maybe if you re fully versed in Descartes s Meditations on First Philosophy you d enjoy seeing how Blackburn assesses the implications of mind body dualism throughout virtually every chapter Pitched as an introduction to philosophy, this book is actually very heavy going Time and again I found myself re reading sentences several times until I concluded that I couldn t get what the author was trying to say, before moving on to the next sentence, with some amount of hope that the previous sentence wasn t important anyway It seems to me that modern philosophers have all reached the conclusion that the big questions have already all been answered as well as they are ever going to be Pitched as an introduction to philosophy, this book is actually very heavy going Time and again I found myself re reading sentences several times until I concluded that I couldn t get what the author was trying to say, before moving on to the next sentence, with some amount of hope that the previous sentence wasn t important anyway It seems to me that modern philosophers have all reached the conclusion that the big questions have already all been answered as well as they are ever going to be Therefore, the only way to find employment as a modern philosopher is to construct confusing answers for the unanswerable questions in order to hide the fact that, essentially, they have nothing new to say.I started with the God chapter and it soon became apparent that the author is trying to prevent the reader from thinking for themselves, by subtly peddling his mildly atheistic viewpoint At least, I think that s what he was doing It s hard to know for sure when you find yourself unable to read so much of it To quote page 151 To jump the gun a little, I am going to present a fair number of reasons against supposing that anything recognizable as religious belief is true Some readers may feel threatened by this They can take some comfort from the tradition in theology that theunlikely a belief is to be true, themeritorious is the act of faith required to believe it But at the end of the chapter, the restless spirit of reflection will cause us to look at that view as well Look at the nice long words he uses And the long meandering sentences This isn t even an example of one of his most impenetrable paragraphs This is the paragraph that first alerted me to the fact that the author is not neutral, but wants us to think he is Condescendingly, he tells us here that believing in God is reasonable, but wrong I think oSSo, that whole chapter is devoted to semi dismissing some of the weaker arguments FOR the existence of God Some people will be delighted and encouraged by the conclusions that the author shepherds us towards, but religious people, agnostics, free thinking philosophers and even open minded atheists I know there are some will be disappointed Whoever you are, whatever you believe, you have to admit that there are zero bomb proof arguments for or against the existence of God From a religious point of view, that can only be a good thing Evidence of God s existence would remove the need for faith, and with it all those meritorious benefits of faith based belief If there were any bomb proof arguments against God, then we wouldn t keep getting fed with all the weaker arguments.What would have been nice, and neutral, is a substantial section in which Simon exposes the flaws of the most common atheistic arguments AGAINST the existence of God However, if you are a non neutral author addressing this subject, then probably you are only ever going to be interested in arguing your side of the debate Missed opportunity, epic fail Did he do that because he is not confident enough in his atheism If he was confident then he d have no need to worry about arguing the other side To paraphrase Epicurus Is Simon willing to be neutral, but not able Then he is impotent Is he able but not willing Then he is biased Is he both willing and able Then why argue only one side of a debate Is he neither willing nor able Then how can we call him a philosopher Shazam, my friends Sha zam The rest of the chapter is subdivided into bite size chunks, but the sources he quotes are often even harder to digest than his own words The first one is 11th century medieval monk St Anselm I won t repeat it here, but suffice to say it is written in a way which might have made sense to Anselm and his chums nearly 1000 years ago, but is pretty difficult to read for us today Okay, one small part of Anselm s quote But when this same fool hears me say something than which nothing greater can be thought , he surely understands what he hears, and what he understands exists in his understanding even if he does not understand that it exists in realityUrgh, is the word Translation required, Mr Blackburn Request denied.Please don t allow this book to put you off the subject of philosophy I have several philosophy books which are all muchreadable than this After reading most of the God chapter I can tell you that so far I have learned nothing interesting A basic introduction, in terms of subjects dealt with, it may well be But a basic introduction needn t be this difficult to read I suspect that the people who say this is a good book, or not deep enough, are people who want to tell the world how intelligent and well read they are I am very intelligent, but I couldn t read this and I don t mind admitting it I ve always wanted to learnabout philosophy, and gain an understanding of the value of the field For a book that states in the opening that it s mission is to show people that philosophy isn t a waste of time, honestly 100 pages in that exactly what I started to think An excess of time and thought has gone in over the ages to overthinking the origins of things like the soul and free will, and while the first couple pages of each concept were interesting, all the philosophers just start t I ve always wanted to learnabout philosophy, and gain an understanding of the value of the field For a book that states in the opening that it s mission is to show people that philosophy isn t a waste of time, honestly 100 pages in that exactly what I started to think An excess of time and thought has gone in over the ages to overthinking the origins of things like the soul and free will, and while the first couple pages of each concept were interesting, all the philosophers just start to walk in circles together after a point And is there any real reason to try so hard to solve free will If you decide that life is predetermined fatalistic, does that mean we let the serial rapist keep going on the street because he s compelled to do so or do we take action to protect the innocent women destined to be his victims by taking him away Some philosophy can be inspiring But after a point of depth, the loss of productive time from isn t worth the rewards