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5. Does agnosticism rest on a mistake?

5. Does agnosticism rest on a mistake?  

Robin Le Poidevin

in Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777684
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10.1093/actrade/9780199575268.003.0006
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‘Does agnosticism rest on a mistake?’ examines knowledge and belief and asks whether assumptions made by agnostics are defensible. The work of A. J. Ayer and the influence of logical ... More
9. Experience, knowledge, and wisdom

9. Experience, knowledge, and wisdom  

David F. Ford

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

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779855
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10.1093/actrade/9780199679973.003.0009
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‘Experience, knowledge, and wisdom’ asks: What sorts of understanding and knowing go on in theology? Theology as wisdom resonates deeply with major religious and philosophical traditions. ... More
1. Why the mystery?

1. Why the mystery?  

Susan Blackmore

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

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Sep 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191836206
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10.1093/actrade/9780198794738.003.0001
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What is consciousness? What does it do? Could we have evolved without it? ‘Why the mystery?’ considers the definition of consciousness and how psychologists, neuroscientists, and ... More
4. Learning mathematics

4. Learning mathematics  

Jacqueline Stedall

in The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778094
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10.1093/actrade/9780199599684.003.0004
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Why learn mathematics? A study of what has been taught, and how, reveals a good deal about what aspects of mathematics have been regarded as relevant, and for what purposes. ‘Learning ... More
1. Mathematics: myth and history

1. Mathematics: myth and history  

Jacqueline Stedall

in The History of Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778094
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10.1093/actrade/9780199599684.003.0001
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‘Mathematics: myth and history’ considers some well-known names in the field of mathematics: Pythagoras, Euclid, Diophantus, Pierre de Fermat, Leonhard Euler, and Andrew Wiles, the man you ... More
3. Are persons real?

3. Are persons real?  

Jan Westerhoff

in Reality: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778063
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594412.003.0004
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What does it feel like to doubt the self? Some psychological conditions, lead a person to assume that they are dead or deny bodily existence. There is a paradox: how can someone be ... More
3. The inner sanctum

3. The inner sanctum  

Tim Bayne

in Thought: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778148
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601721.003.0003
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Thinking is a private activity. Thought can't be accessed by anyone else. This concept of thoughts is described as Cartesian after René Descartes. ‘The inner sanctum’ focuses on the ... More
1. A national man

1. A national man  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191777202
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10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.003.0001
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‘A national man’ reviews the various biographies of Newton which appeared after his death on 20 March 1727. John Conduitt supervised the collection of virtually all the significant ... More
2. Playing philosophically

2. Playing philosophically  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191777202
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10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.003.0002
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‘Playing philosophically’ considers Newton's early life, describing how his immersion in worlds of practical ingenuity not only offered portents of his great future, but led directly to it. ... More
5. A true hermetic philosopher

5. A true hermetic philosopher  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191777202
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10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.003.0005
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‘A true hermetic philosopher’ explains how alchemy enjoyed a chequered reputation by the middle of the seventeenth century. It was part of a larger practice that was termed ‘chymistry’. In ... More
7. The divine book

7. The divine book  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191777202
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10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.003.0007
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‘The divine book’ examines the development of Newton's thinking about celestial motions. By November 1685 he had completed a draft of the Principia. In the first book — the ‘Lectiones’ — he ... More
3. Does God act in nature?

3. Does God act in nature?  

Thomas Dixon

in Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777172
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10.1093/actrade/9780199295517.003.0003
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Believers as well as sceptics ask themselves whether stories of the miraculous and the supernatural are really credible in a scientific age. ‘Does God act in nature?’ asks: Does the success ... More
7. Fantasy

7. Fantasy  

Malcolm Gaskill

in Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777158
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10.1093/actrade/9780199236954.003.0007
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9780199236954
Most Westerners have inherited a basic Enlightenment epistemology, which is why writing about witches is so tricky. Anthropology reminds us that not everyone made the same intellectual ... More
5. The world

5. The world  

Michael Inwood

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

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Jan 2019
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Jan 2019
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9780191867095
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828662.003.0005
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‘The world’ examines how Dasein understands the world. Dasein needs a world populated with entities for it to engage with; it sees these entities primarily as objects of use. Different ... More
3. Being

3. Being  

Michael Inwood

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

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Jan 2019
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Jan 2019
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9780191867095
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10.1093/actrade/9780198828662.003.0003
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‘Being’ describes the importance that Heidegger ascribed to considering the nature of an object, or its Being, before addressing knowledge of it. Whereas other philosophers, including ... More
6. Is it possible to represent things objectively?

6. Is it possible to represent things objectively?  

Stephen Gaukroger

in Objectivity: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778216
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10.1093/actrade/9780199606696.003.0006
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‘Is it possible to represent things objectively?’ questions how we are to understand scientific representations of the world. The positive aim of objectivity is to create an accurate ... More
6. Against religion?

6. Against religion?  

Julian Baggini

in Atheism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775925
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804242.003.0006
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9780192804242
Atheist opposition to religion is essentially an opposition to its truth. So it is necessary for any defence of atheism to address the challenge posed by religious belief. ‘Against ... More
3. One Science, One Method

3. One Science, One Method  

Tom Sorell

in Descartes: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776632
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854094.003.0003
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9780192854094
‘One Science, One Method’ recounts Descartes' growing awareness of the unity under mathematics of many sciences that had previously been regarded as distinct. He became increasingly ... More
5. Dimension

5. Dimension  

Timothy Gowers

in Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191776397
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853615.003.0005
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9780192853615
A notable feature of advanced mathematics is that much of it is concerned with geometry in more than three dimensions. ‘Dimension’ looks at high-dimensional geometry, which is best ... More
Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction

Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction  

Alain Goriely

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2018
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Feb 2018
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9780191815805
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10.1093/actrade/9780198754046.001.0001
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book
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9780198754046
Mathematics is playing an increasingly important role in society and the sciences, enhancing our ability to use models and handle data. Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction ... More

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