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The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking #2019

The Philosophy Gym Short Adventures in Thinking From Descartes to designer babies The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history s most important philosophical issues ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging He brings

  • Title: The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking
  • Author: Stephen Law
  • ISBN: 9780312314521
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking By Stephen Law, From Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history s most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging He brings new perspectives to age old conundrums while also tackling modern day dilemmas some for the first time Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a pickled sheep can truFrom Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history s most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging He brings new perspectives to age old conundrums while also tackling modern day dilemmas some for the first time Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a pickled sheep can truly be considered art, or dive right in and tackle the existence of God In this radically new way of looking at philosophy, Stephen Law illustrates the problem with a story, then lets the argument battle it out in clear, easily digestible and intelligent prose This perfect little mental health club is sure to give each reader s mind a great workout.

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    1. Are you an armchair philosopher Do you enjoy pondering life s great questions, such as the possibility of free will or the existence of God If so, then this book is for you Stephen Law has written a wonderful book that explores 25 great questions from the perspective of various philosophical approaches His answers may surprise you Can we expect the Sun to rise tomorrow Is it art Does God exist Do we have free will These are just a few of the many questions Law explores.I particularly liked the f [...]

    2. Nice and accessible introduction to philosophical issues, Law seems to be a good at popularizing some of the most interesting problems in philosophy Showing that most of the times philosophy is not good because it gives us answers to such problems, but gives us thinking tools to try to deal with them Although the chapters seem very brief, they give a good outline of what the mayor positions are for each topic, and how one can dig deeper to try to find the truth and falsehood of these positions T [...]

    3. A fantastic intellectual adventure for those just getting started on philosophy I read it many years ago The book delivers on its promise It got me into mental gymnasium to build my critical thinking muscle Uh, I don t like the metaphor But this book indeed is a philosophy gym.For those who are wary of the lingo, of the highly technical and formalised prose of philosophers, this book is a challenging as well as an entertaining read.

    4. 2.5 stars Because the further readings are terrible just compare them with James Rachels s Problems from Philosophy Because the writing is unnecessarily repetitive and generally weak otherwise entire clauses appear than once within successive paragraphs, only partially modified And because Law s only dead cert seems to be god s non existence almost every chapter has a Conclusions section stating that no definitive conclusions are possible for that topic But because i so eagerly want to argue wi [...]

    5. This one was a lot of fun The pictures were great, the exploration of all the arguments from things like the ethics of punishment to the origins of the universe were really fun Good armchair philosophy book.

    6. Really great, short exercises that illustrate philosophical quandries and all sides of the argument For example, What s Wrong with Gay Sex exposes the fallacies in the many common arguments against homosexuality One by one the arguments by way of appeals to the Bible, unnaturalness, dirtiness, unhealthiness, corruption of the young, family values, and alleged promiscuity are shot down for logical reasons, all via a hypothtical conversation with God Likewise issues of personal identity, knowledge [...]

    7. Mid 3 Law deserves great credit for publishing this accessible guide covering 25 fundamental philosophical questions, ranging from the nature of art to the existence of God The author has cleverly created fictional characters to posit conflicting interpretations of these central issues, before offering his own balanced assessment Yet, as this reader explored of these questions, with the growing frustration at not being able to delve deeper into each question, the curiosity kept rising as to why [...]

    8. This is a fun book to practice thinking philosophically It is not pitched at a very high level, but there are some really interesting questions addressed, the kind that you can spend a lot of time thinking about If you spend an evening on each one of the chapters, you will get some idea of how little time we spend thinking about the underlying foundations of some of our beliefs and knowledge A decent antidote to uncritical thinking, but it will leave you wanting information AND, that s a good t [...]

    9. This was quite light, and pretty populist, but has some interesting points The nature of the book in that it intended to make you think about several aspects of life and the mind as opposed to actually answering all the questions it posed did limit the level of completion that the book could offer to those seeking to know about philosophy, but it did contain thought experiments which were enlightening and challenging.

    10. The book delves into philosophical questions and organised its theories and arguments clearly, succinctly and creatively I thought it was a bit boring at first, but then I started to appreciate the way it was written in plain English and with mini stories too and its content I definitely want to re read it Plus for those who want to read academic Philosophical arguments, at the end of each chapter, Law makes a list for the interested.

    11. Philosophy is mostly silly and silly answers or no answers at all to the silly questions it asks For example do other people exist if all I know is my own consciousness no Should we expect the sun to rise tomorrow no This statement is false It s a paradox Oh no Everybody panic Just silly.

    12. A series of chapters that break down the popular philosophical questions and beliefs into simple terms and plain english I really enjoyed the style of this book and the way that I didn t feel like I was reading something for idiots, but still found it simple and logical A very apt title for a book that gets your philosophical mind thinking with some very ponderous questions and ideas.

    13. Really nice way to introduce the tools of thinking The first 24 chapters each give a problem and the scripted debate over it Putting a label on each new concept One concept per chapter.The final chapter puts the icing on the cake with Seven Paradoxes some of which have been kicked around by the world s best minds for 2,000 years without really good answers.

    14. A really great book dealing with interesting philosophical questions It doesn t supply any answers, though, it just gives the readers clues that help making up her or his mind, just like a good book on philosophy should This one really makes you think, and it s relatively easy to read Recommended.

    15. A great resource for those just getting into philosophy philosophical thought, especially for those in high school Most of the thought experiments are presented in dialogue, in the form of a debate I especially enjoyed the chapter on determinism.

    16. This was the first book I used to get into philosophy when I was in high school It s a really good book for that purpose and provides suggestions for further reading with each topic since the book is simply a survey of philosophy from 30,000 feet.

    17. An excellent introduction to some of the basic questions philosophy raises I enjoyed Law s writing style, it particularly suited the nature of the exercises and his scenarios were clever and engaging A useful resource to make one s way into thinking philosophically.

    18. a very very very interesting books on philosophy i ve made this one my bible tho i lost it now figures i left it in my old apartment,anyhoo love the chapters on time travel and homosexuality and morality it simplifies what could be a very exhausting read.

    19. Doesn t go into huge depth on any of the subjects stated, instead it provides a background to many of the great philosophical questions This, it does excellently in a variety of formats.Perfect for the fledgling philosophy student or just anyone with a natural inclination to inquisitiveness.

    20. If you love logical debate both of scientist and spiritual person, you will surely find this book as adventurous as stated in the subtitle Read it, like it or love it.

    21. if i hadn t been required to read this for a philosphy class i probably wouldn t have bothered with it.

    22. Although this book was required reading for my first year philosophy class, I ve found myself picking it up from time to time and reading a chapter here and there Easily accessible and self aware.

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