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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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Sep 2013
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9780191778575
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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
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
8. Humanist ceremonies

8. Humanist ceremonies  

Stephen Law

in Humanism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2011
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780199553648.003.0009
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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
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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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
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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10.1093/actrade/9780198747239.003.0001
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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
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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10.1093/actrade/9780192801999.003.0008
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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
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
Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction

Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction  

John Edwards

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Jul 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780199365920
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10.1093/actrade/9780199858613.001.0001
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Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction deals with the social life of language: language in its sociocultural context. It draws from sociolinguistics, the sociology of ... More
1. Coming to terms

1. Coming to terms  

John Edwards

in Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2013
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The acquisition of language cannot be accounted for solely on the basis of postnatal experience — human beings must be genetically prepared or “pre-wired” to learn language. ‘Coming to ... More
4. Plotting mischief

4. Plotting mischief  

Matthew Bevis

in Comedy: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2012
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9780191778131
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601714.003.0005
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Good comedy has a knack of good timing and storytelling. It is the art of surprise, but established routine is what makes surprise possible. Jokes work because we expect the result, and our ... 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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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
Happiness: A Very Short Introduction

Happiness: A Very Short Introduction  

Daniel M. Haybron

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Aug 2013
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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
6. Taste and order

6. Taste and order  

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/9780199229758.003.0006
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In a democratic culture, it may seem presumptuous to claim to have better taste than someone else. According to ‘Taste and order’, taste is intimately bound up with our personal life and ... More
Humanism: A Very Short Introduction

Humanism: A Very Short Introduction  

Stephen Law

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Jan 2011
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9780191777363
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10.1093/actrade/9780199553648.001.0001
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Humanism: A Very Short Introduction explores how humanism uses science and reason to make sense of the world, looking at how it encourages individual moral responsibility and ... More
Multilingualism: A Very Short Introduction

Multilingualism: A Very Short Introduction  

John C. Maher

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May 2017
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May 2017
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9780191792465
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10.1093/actrade/9780198724995.001.0001
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Multilingualism—language diversity in society—is a perfect expression of human plurality. About 6,500–7,000 languages are spoken, written, and signed, throughout the linguistic landscape of ... 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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9780192802569
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

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