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4. Possible worlds and fundamental principles

4. Possible worlds and fundamental principles  

Maria Rosa Antognazza

in Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191788079
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198718642.003.0004
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9780198718642
Leibniz’s commitment to the characteristica universalis and the scientia generalis rested on his conviction that logic is a mirror of the structure of reality. In his view, the principles ... More
10. Why medieval philosophy?

10. Why medieval philosophy?  

John Marenbon

in Medieval Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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9780191781216
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10.1093/actrade/9780199663224.003.0010
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9780199663224
‘Why medieval philosophy?’ considers why anyone should be bothered to learn about medieval philosophy. Very few people—philosophers and non-philosophers alike—do know much about this period ... More
10. Ancient sex

10. Ancient sex  

Gary Gutting

in Foucault: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Sep 2019
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Sep 2019
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9780191868849
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10.1093/actrade/9780198830788.003.0010
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9780198830788
Towards the end of his life, Foucault’s topic of exploration turned to the ethical formation of the self, which emerged from his analysis of modern power relations. ‘Ancient sex’ looks at ... More
6. The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz’s theodicy

6. The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz’s theodicy  

Maria Rosa Antognazza

in Leibniz: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2016
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Nov 2016
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9780191788079
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718642.003.0006
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9780198718642
‘The best of all possible worlds and Leibniz’s theodicy’ explains that Leibniz’s claim that the world we live in is ‘the best of all possible worlds’ is deceptively simple, but based on ... More
8. The afterlife

8. The afterlife  

Tim Bayne

in Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
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9780191816444
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10.1093/actrade/9780198754961.003.0008
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9780198754961
Speculation on the nature of the afterlife is as old as recorded history. Although the doctrine of an afterlife is not found in all religious traditions, where it does, it is typically ... More
3. Natural beauty

3. Natural beauty  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.003.0003
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In the 18th century, philosophers and writers became preoccupied with the subject of beauty, focusing on nature and landscape. All rational beings, Kant believed, are capable of aesthetic ... More
9. Concluding thoughts

9. Concluding thoughts  

Roger Scruton

in Beauty: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777042
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10.1093/actrade/9780199229758.003.0009
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9780199229758
The reader will have noticed that I have not said what beauty is. I have implicitly rejected the neo-Platonist view of beauty, as a feature of Being itself. God is beautiful; but not for ... More
The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction

The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction  

Terry Eagleton

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777219
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199532179.001.0001
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9780199532179
The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction shows how centuries of thinkers — from Shakespeare and Schopenhauer to Marx, Sartre, and Beckett — have tackled the conundrum of ... More
1. Questions and answers

1. Questions and answers  

Terry Eagleton

in The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777219
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10.1093/actrade/9780199532179.003.0001
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9780199532179
Is the question ‘What is the meaning of life?’ a genuine question or does it simply look like one? Some thinkers would argue that because meaning is a matter of language, not objects, then ... More

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