Doing Philosophy presents the basics of how to do philosophy - what philosophy is, how we can think, the nature of logic, some special terms - in straightforward easy to understand style. Then, using questions and exercises as well as everyday examples, the author takes the reader on a wide-ranging tour of exciting philosophical topics which, as well as the 'standard fare' of logic, epistemology, mind, God etc., also includes ethical, social, scientific, cultural and human issues such as time, cosmology, war, animal rights, euthanasia, abortion, genetics, evolution, and the meaning of life. The author's emphasis throughout is that philosophy is accessible to anyone keen enough to try and do it and that, as a subject, philosophy is practical, fascinating and exciting. By encouraging independent critical thinking and being succinct yet informative, the book involves the reader with the history, the breadth of subject matter, the skills of philosophising and the benefits that philosophy can offer to the enquiring individual. The book accesses major philosophical topics briefly, breaking them down into convenient chunks with challenging questions throughout and exercise questions at the end of each chapter, and introduces major thinkers and their ideas. There is an extensive further reading list to help those who wish to take this absorbing subject further.

Doing philosophy - Gerald Rochelle

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Title
Doing philosophy
Author
Gerald Rochelle
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Dunedin Academic Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20120413

Doing Philosophy presents the basics of how to do philosophy - what philosophy is, how we can think, the nature of logic, some special terms - in straightforward easy to understand style. Then, using questions and exercises as well as everyday examples, the author takes the reader on a wide-ranging tour of exciting philosophical topics which, as well as the 'standard fare' of logic, epistemology, mind, God etc., also includes ethical, social, scientific, cultural and human issues such as time, cosmology, war, animal rights, euthanasia, abortion, genetics, evolution, and the meaning of life. The author's emphasis throughout is that philosophy is accessible to anyone keen enough to try and do it and that, as a subject, philosophy is practical, fascinating and exciting. By encouraging independent critical thinking and being succinct yet informative, the book involves the reader with the history, the breadth of subject matter, the skills of philosophising and the benefits that philosophy can offer to the enquiring individual. The book accesses major philosophical topics briefly, breaking them down into convenient chunks with challenging questions throughout and exercise questions at the end of each chapter, and introduces major thinkers and their ideas. There is an extensive further reading list to help those who wish to take this absorbing subject further.

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Gerald Rochelle has worked as a visiting philosopher in schools for the Royal Institute of Philosophy Jacobsen Scheme and was editor of the journal Practical Philosophy. He has conducted workshops in Europe and in the US. His work with practical philosophy, in particular Cafe Philosophy, led him to write this simple down to earth guide to how to do philosophy.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Philosophy.
Country of Publication
Scotland
Number of Pages
262

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