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For me, philosophy is one of the great pleasures for the inquiring mind Take any subject, and there is bound to be a thinker somewhere who has expostulated upon it This book is one of a series put out by Quercus under the general title The Big Questions It s intent, apparently, is to make some of the major issues of various subjects Physics, Mathematics, and the Universe, for example, are separate books in the seriesaccessible to the general public From this perspective Blackburn d For me, philosophy is one of the great pleasures for the inquiring mind Take any subject, and there is bound to be a thinker somewhere who has expostulated upon it This book is one of a series put out by Quercus under the general title The Big Questions It s intent, apparently, is to make some of the major issues of various subjects Physics, Mathematics, and the Universe, for example, are separate books in the seriesaccessible to the general public From this perspective Blackburn does a generally good job in at least broaching some often thorny subjects in Philosophy He is limited, however, in that he must do so within a framework that will not frighten ordinary mortals away There is a risk in this kind of venture that the reader may simply find it all too confusing, and too clever by half, making them think that perhaps all philosophers are simply wankers determined to confound with subtleties There is a real sense wherein the big questions in philosophy are simply those questions for which either there is no clear answer since philosophers can provide three or four interpretations or which persistently end up in paradoxes, implying that no definitive answer is possible If so, one risks the response that philosophy ultimately does not help at all Or perhaps the answer is that the questions are the wrong kind of questionsMy main concern, however, is in something not directly linked with philosophy the design of the book Quercus has gone for a type of moleskine note book presentation the ones with the rounded corners and the elastic band perhaps to create a stylistic impression for the possessor And each of the articles appears to be designed as if it were meant for some kind of magazine, with blocked off inserts and headings These headings seem to be arbitrarily inserted without due regard for the content, often splitting an argument in the middle Sloppy Overall, then, I personally found this book slightly disappointing I think Mr.Blackburn is not the best author in the business There was a couple of chapters that I really enjoyed time related discussions , but overall it had nothing really new to offer Every chapter feels like a loop The author asks the question and writes anything that comes to his mind at that moment and then leaves it there and jumps to the other question It was an OK book, but it was not satisfying at all. Compared to Blackburn s other work, this one feels a bit pieced together, but I guess that s to be expected when you consider that he s trying to cover a lot of ground in a very slim volume Regardless, it s a pretty solid introduction to the central questions of philosophy, presented in such a way that even a relatively dim lay person like myself can follow the thread If its central purpose is to leave the reader with much to think about after finishing, it succeeds. A little too intro level for my tastes The topics are a little short handed as would be for a book styled this way which left me wanting to delve into some of the minutia in acareful way than presented here Good for an introduction for those without asophisticated philosophy background Not good for the already philosophically well read. I can tell that he does have very interesting perspectives on certain issues However, this book is written in a way that only he can understand it I find it very hard to focus when he starts to ramble on into his own internal monologues. I can review the text but not interpretation To review the interpretation you have to move little higher than the book experience.Author analysed and interpreted imdepth common element which we discuss philosophically and psychologically at peripheral Fantastic book Should give few reads to understand the understanding |Download ⚓ The Big Questions: Philosophy ⚉ The Big Questions series is designed to let renowned experts confront themost fundamental and frequently asked questions of a major branch of science or philosophy Eachword essay simply and concisely examines a question that has eternally perplexed enquiring minds, and provides answers from history s great thinkers This ambitious project is a unique distillation of humanity s best ideas In Big Questions Philosophy, bestselling author Simon Blackburn addressesessential questions Good introduction to relevant questions I must admit my views align rather well with those of mr blackburn Sadly does not go crazy in dept, however, it does not need to as it rather launches you into thinking yourself about those questions. But boring .