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8. Heidegger

8. Heidegger  

Andrew Bowie

in German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777561
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569250.003.0008
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‘Heidegger’ examines why Heidegger's philosophy remains so important, despite the blatant moral and political failings of its author. For Heidegger, the aim of metaphysics is to explain ... More
7. How much is systematic?

7. How much is systematic?  

P. H. Matthews

in Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775321
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801487.003.0007
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To say that languages are systems is to draw a line around what we are studying. ‘How much is systematic?’ points out that a line drawn differently might include much that is less ... More
Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction

Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction  

Jens Zimmermann

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Oct 2015
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Oct 2015
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9780191781582
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10.1093/actrade/9780199685356.001.0001
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9780199685356
Hermeneutics is the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation. As humans, we decipher the meaning of newspaper articles, books, legal matters, religious texts, political speeches, ... More
4. Is life what you make it?

4. Is life what you make it?  

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/9780199532179.003.0004
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9780199532179
The word ‘life’ is just as problematic as ‘meaning’. ‘Is life what you make it?’ looks at the word ‘life’ in the question: ‘what is the meaning of life?’. Not even an individual life adds ... More
5. Struggling, surviving, thriving

5. Struggling, surviving, thriving  

Stephen Fineman

in Work: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778452
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10.1093/actrade/9780199699360.003.0005
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9780199699360
We have an innate need to find meaning in what we do. To Karl Marx this was an ideological problem: the capitalist system separated workers from their own self-realization. By the late 20th ... More
Introduction: Why German philosophy?

Introduction: Why German philosophy?  

Andrew Bowie

in German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777561
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569250.003.010
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German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction explores what German philosophy tells us about some of the major problems of modernity. The growth of interest in German philosophy ... More
7. Neo-Kantianism, analytical philosophy, and phenomenology

7. Neo-Kantianism, analytical philosophy, and phenomenology  

Andrew Bowie

in German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777561
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569250.003.0007
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The division between ‘European/Continental’ and ‘analytical’ philosophy is a modern construction. ‘Neo-Kantianism, analytical philosophy, and phenomenology’ looks at the basis of this ... More
8. What is possible?

8. What is possible?  

Stephen Mumford

in Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778308
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10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.003.0009
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‘What is possible?’ looks at possibilities. Are they things? Do they have any kind of being? Or are they a mere fabrication: things we can think about but which are not really a part of the ... More
1. The Gap between Knowledge and Wisdom

1. The Gap between Knowledge and Wisdom  

Simon Critchley

in Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776373
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853592.003.0001
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9780192853592
‘The gap between knowledge and wisdom’ asks: Does the scientific conception of the world eradicate the need for an answer to the question of the meaning of life? Ancient philosophy was ... More
1. What is perception?

1. What is perception?  

Brian Rogers

in Perception: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191833410
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10.1093/actrade/9780198791003.003.0001
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9780198791003
The word ‘perception’ can be used in two different ways. It can refer to our experience of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling objects and individuals around us. It can also ... More
Translation: A Very Short Introduction

Translation: A Very Short Introduction  

Matthew Reynolds

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2016
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Oct 2016
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9780191780622
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10.1093/actrade/9780198712114.001.0001
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9780198712114
Translation is everywhere, and matters to everybody. Translation doesn’t only give us foreign news, dubbed films, and instructions for using the microwave: without it, there would be no ... More
5. Meat-eating

5. Meat-eating  

David DeGrazia

in Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191776380
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853608.003.0005
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9780192853608
Can we regard the harm caused to factory farm animals as necessary? We do not need to eat meat in order to live or even to stay healthy. ‘Meat-eating’ examines the ethics of eating meat by ... More
3. The pragmatic meaning programme

3. The pragmatic meaning programme  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776274
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840950.003.0003
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9780192840950
Habermas identified what he called the ‘linguistic turn’ which was a general shift in philosophy which makes an analysis of language use and locates the rational basis of the coordination ... More
2. Habermas's new approach to social theory

2. Habermas's new approach to social theory  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776274
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840950.003.0002
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After Habermas published Structural Transformation, he spent twenty years on an intellectual journey. He used this time re-equipping and repositioning himself in respect to the tradition of ... 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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Sep 2013
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9780191775482
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801999.003.0008
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9780192801999
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
3. Music as language

3. Music as language  

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

in The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2018
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Nov 2018
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9780190640163
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10.1093/actrade/9780190640156.003.0003
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9780190640156
Music can feel like it is communicating powerfully. “Music as language” considers whether music is actually a kind of language and, if so, what it means and how it conveys these meanings. ... More
1. The study of language

1. The study of language  

P. H. Matthews

in Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775321
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801487.003.0001
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9780192801487
‘The study of language’ argues that studying language ‘scientifically’ is, in part, to refuse to accept uncritically the ways of thinking that, without any professional training, we all ... More
2. The problem of meaning

2. The problem of meaning  

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/9780199532179.003.0002
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9780199532179
With the question ‘What is the meaning of life?’ we see problems with every word in the question. Some might argue that the word ‘what’ should be substituted with ‘who’. What does ‘meaning’ ... More
6. Beyond happiness: well-being

6. Beyond happiness: well-being  

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/9780199590605.003.0006
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9780199590605
Well-being should not be confused with happiness. Well-being is a matter of value: what is good for us. ‘Beyond happiness: well-being’ considers what we need to attain a sense of ... More
5. The sources of happiness

5. The sources of happiness  

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/9780199590605.003.0005
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9780199590605
Listing the different sources of our happiness can be tricky: relationships, friends, family, community, love. ‘The sources of happiness’ considers where we find our happiness and how these ... More

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