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3. Life satisfaction

3. Life satisfaction  

Daniel M. Haybron

in Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780199590605.003.0003
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Can we use life satisfaction as a measure of happiness? ‘Life satisfaction’ looks at the idea that we measure our own happiness levels using subjective standards. This view has appeal as it ... More
8. Transcendental philosophy

8. Transcendental philosophy  

Roger Scruton

in Kant: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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9780191775482
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Kant's immediate successors regarded Kant as having changed the course of philosophy. However, even during his lifetime, the intellectual world was torn by controversy over the meaning of ... More
Curtain raiser

Curtain raiser  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0001
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What does comedy mean? In Plato's Philebus, Socrates speaks of comedy ‘not only on the stage, but on the greater stage of human life; and so in endless other cases’. This isn't very helpful ... More
7. The meaning of life

7. The meaning of life  

Stephen Law

in Humanism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777363
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10.1093/actrade/9780199553648.003.0008
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Can we question the meaning of life without believing in God? ‘The meaning of life’ questions what a ‘meaningful life’ can be. It is difficult to provide a complete philosophical ... More
8. Humanist ceremonies

8. Humanist ceremonies  

Stephen Law

in Humanism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2011
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Humanists like to have ceremonies as much as religious people. Ceremonies do not have to be religious or supernatural. People who engage in ritualistic activity need not assume that such ... More
Home: A Very Short Introduction

Home: A Very Short Introduction  

Michael Allen Fox

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Dec 2016
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Dec 2016
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9780191809385
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10.1093/actrade/9780198747239.001.0001
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Thoughts and feelings about home traditionally provided people of all cultures with a firm sense of where they belonged, and why. But the world is rapidly changing: populations are ... More
1. The many faces of home

1. The many faces of home  

Michael Allen Fox

in Home: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2016
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Homes are central to human life, but defining what home is can be problematic. Home is a fundamental and universal concept, yet it has multiple associated and layered meanings for different ... More
3. Do you know what I mean?

3. Do you know what I mean?  

Michael Beaney

in Analytic Philosophy: A Very Short introduction

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Nov 2017
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Nov 2017
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9780191823442
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10.1093/actrade/9780198778028.003.0004
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From the very origins of philosophy, philosophers have been especially conscious of the inadequacies and limitations of language. But they have disagreed on whether this reflects a ... More
9. Endangered languages

9. Endangered languages  

John C. Maher

in Multilingualism: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2017
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May 2017
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9780191792465
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10.1093/actrade/9780198724995.003.0009
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By the end of the 21st century, half the languages spoken in the world today may have disappeared. Fewer than 10,000 people speak 52 per cent of languages. Many language communities have ... More
1. Life and character

1. Life and character  

A. C. Grayling

in Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776656
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854117.003.0001
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Ludwig Wittgenstein was a philosopher but he is famous beyond the boundaries of philosophy. Like philosophy itself, he could be difficult and profound. Many contemporary philosophers think ... More
3. Rules, social organization, and gender

3. Rules, social organization, and gender  

Stephen J. Davis

in Monasticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191788321
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10.1093/actrade/9780198717645.003.0004
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‘Rules, social organization, and gender’ considers the social organization of community-based monasticism and the function of rules for the shaping of monastic identity and practice, using ... More
3. The transcendental deduction

3. The transcendental deduction  

Roger Scruton

in Kant: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Kant asks: how is synthetic a priori knowledge possible? His answer to this question contains two parts, one of which is subjective and the other objective. ‘The transcendental deduction’ ... More
5. The categorical imperative

5. The categorical imperative  

Roger Scruton

in Kant: A Very Short Introduction

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The Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals which preceded the Critique provides a summary of Kant's moral viewpoint. Both works look at ‘ practical reason’. ‘ The categorical ... More
7. Conclusion

7. Conclusion  

Patrick Gardiner

in Kierkegaard: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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9780191775635
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802569.003.0007
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Kierkegaard's thought offered challenge to various intellectual tendencies of his age, especially those that aimed to reduce the doctrinal aspects of Christianity to terms that made it ... More
5. Différance

5. Différance  

Simon Glendinning

in Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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9780191775796
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803450.003.0005
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‘Différance’ shows that, for Derrida, the task of the subject once called ‘philosophy’ is no longer achieving superlative conceptual clarity by rendering what we mean perfectly transparent ... More
6. Iterability

6. Iterability  

Simon Glendinning

in Derrida: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2011
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‘Iterability’ explains that Derrida is concerned with the logical possibility — not merely the physical opportunity — for a written text to remain readable when the absence of the sender or ... More
5. Russell's influence

5. Russell's influence  

A. C. Grayling

in Russell: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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9780191775659
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802583.003.0005
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‘Russell's influence’ describes the impact of Bertrand Russell on mainstream philosophy in the English language as it has been practised since the years between the two world wars, logic, ... More
Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

Happiness: A Very Short Introduction  

Daniel M. Haybron

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Aug 2013
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9780191778575
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Happiness: A Very Short Introduction considers the true nature of happiness and the current thinking on the subject, from psychology to philosophy. What is happiness? Is it ... More
4. Measuring happiness

4. Measuring happiness  

Daniel M. Haybron

in Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2013
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Can happiness be measured or is it too elusive and complex to measure? ‘Measuring happiness’ looks at the issues associated with trying to measure happiness. Measures of happiness can be ... More
8. A good life

8. A good life  

Daniel M. Haybron

in Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2013
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What do we mean by a good life? A good life must come to an end. ‘A good life’ looks at what could be said to constitute such a life. There are two fundamental parts: whether your life is ... More

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