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5. Science and philosophy

5. Science and philosophy  

Jerry Brotton

in The Renaissance: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2006
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Sep 2013
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9780191775383
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801630.003.0006
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The word ‘ambivalence’ best captures the mood of the transformations in popular and applied sciences of the 15th and 16th centuries. We want to know more, but can we know too much? ‘Science ... More
2. Reason and revelation

2. Reason and revelation  

Peter Adamson

in Philosophy in the Islamic World: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
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9780191785429
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10.1093/actrade/9780199683673.003.0003
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‘Reason and revelation’ points out that in the Islamic world, there was no hard-and-fast distinction between theology, which draws on revelation, and philosophy, which uses only the natural ... More
Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction  

Edward Craig

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191776700
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854216.001.0001
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Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist ... More
PostscriptFrom Classical Thought to the Modern Day

Postscript: From Classical Thought to the Modern Day  

Sue Hamilton

in Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776403
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853745.003.0009
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The so-called classical period of Indian thought eventually came to an end. It flourished for 1,500 years, with the first 500 years seeing the most significant activity and variety. This ... More
4. Can Philosophy Change the World? Critique, praxis, emancipation

4. Can Philosophy Change the World? Critique, praxis, emancipation  

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/9780192853592.003.0004
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‘Can Philosophy Change the World? Critique, praxis, emancipation’ argues that much philosophy in the Continental tradition is concerned with giving a philosophical critique of the social ... More
1. The problem: what's the matter with causation?

1. The problem: what's the matter with causation?  

Stephen Mumford and Rani Lill Anjum

in Causation: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2013
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Nov 2013
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9780191779909
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10.1093/actrade/9780199684434.003.0002
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‘The problem: what's the matter with causation?’ asks a philosophical question: what is causation? We have to know what causation is (or at least have some idea of it) before we can start ... More
4. ‘Early Romantic’ philosophy

4. ‘Early Romantic’ 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/9780199569250.003.0004
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If all truth is relative, then the proposition is also relative that all truth is relative. So how does one sustain a sense of the Absolute which would enable one to avoid this paradox? ... More
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
2. What should I do?Plato’s Crito

2. What should I do?: Plato’s Crito  

Edward Craig

in Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191776700
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854216.003.0002
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Plato was the first important philosopher of ancient Greek civilization who left behind a substantial body of complete works. There is much of philosophy that pre-dates Plato, such as the ... More
8. What’s in it for whom?

8. What’s in it for whom?  

Edward Craig

in Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191776700
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854216.003.0008
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Thinking about philosophy is hard. Writing about it is even harder. Why do people bother? Perhaps often just out of curiosity. ‘What's in it for whom?’ asks: why does philosophy exist and ... More
17. The Physics made Public

17. The Physics made Public  

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/9780192854094.003.0017
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The Principles of Philosophy summarized Descartes' metaphysics before turning to physics. The rules of impact were introduced and motion defined in a way that distanced Descartes from the ... More
6. Paris

6. Paris  

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/9780192854094.003.0006
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‘Paris’ describes the period 1626–8 when Descartes was resident there. He must have been aware of the controversies concerning atheism and scepticism that were rife in the city, but ... More
1. Lost words, forgotten worlds

1. Lost words, forgotten worlds  

Catherine Osborne

in Presocratic Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776267
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840943.003.0002
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‘Lost words, forgotten worlds’ examines the difficulties of attempting to reconstruct Empedocles's doctrines from the scraps of an ancient papyrus. It explains that, in order to make sense ... More
3. The later philosophy

3. The later philosophy  

A. C. Grayling

in Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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9780191776656
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854117.003.0003
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Prior to the mid-1930s, Wittgenstein‘s thought went through a period of transition in which new themes emerged as he reconsidered Tractatus. The writings of this period are genuinely ... More
1. The Visit

1. The Visit  

Mary Beard and John Henderson

in Classics: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776458
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853851.003.0001
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‘The Visit’ explains what is meant by ‘Classics’ using a visit to the British Museum and the frieze from the Apollo Temple at Bassae. Classics is a subject that exists in that gap between ... More
5. Modern Times I: The Christian Kabbalah

5. Modern Times I: The Christian Kabbalah  

Joseph Dan

in Kabbalah: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780199365616
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10.1093/actrade/9780195327052.003.0005
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Towards the end of the fifteenth century, the Kabbalah transformed from a uniquely Jewish tradition to one mixed with European culture, Christian thinking, philosophy, science, and magic. ... More
2. Plato's name, and other matters

2. Plato's name, and other matters  

Julia Annas

in Plato: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191775505
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802163.003.0002
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9780192802163
We do not have independent access to Plato's individual personality as we do for more recent philosophers. In the dialogues he never speaks in his own voice. ‘Plato's name, and other ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Helen Morales

in Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191776052
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804761.003.0001
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9780192804761
What is a myth? It is made up of three dimensions: lore, ideology, and pleasure. Scholars have come up with many definitions of a myth. The Introduction looks at what a myth is and its ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

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/9780199663224.003.0001
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9780199663224
For many, Thomas Aquinas is almost a synonym for medieval philosophy, locating it in Western Europe and principally from the early 13th to the mid-14th century. Medieval philosophy is also ... More
4. Fields of medieval philosophy

4. Fields of 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/9780199663224.003.0004
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9780199663224
‘Fields of medieval philosophy’ considers how logic, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of religion were ... More

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