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101 Philosophy Problems 3rd Edition

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Praise for previous editions:

'You can't just read philosophy, you've got to actually do it ... 101 Philosophy Problems is an all too rare example of a book that does just that.' – The Philosophers' Magazine

'Introduces philosophy in a novel way, with helpful tools for leading students into the world of philosophy.' – The Times Higher Education Supplement


About the Author

Martin Cohen is editor of The Philosopher, the journal of the Philosophical Society in England, lecturer and a successful author and journalist.  His bestselling 101 Ethical Dilemmas, second edition, is also published by Routledge (2007).


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415404010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415404013
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,601,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin Cohen is a well-established author specializing in popular books in philosophy, social science and politics. His recent books include 'Critical Thinking Skills for Dummies' and a detailed look at how scientists work called 'Paradigm Shift' which sounds like rather a jump - but are actually two very complementary projects.

First of all, 'Paradigm Shift', subtitle 'How Expert Opinions Keep Changing on Life, the Universe, and Everything' is actually a great deckchair read, taking a look at all many perplexed and perplexing issues in life, from religion to science, from food fads to black holes in space.

A similar warning might be attached to 'Critical Thinking Skills for Dummies'. This book avoids being earnest, jargony... dull - but rather offers a no-holds-barred and amusing tour of thinking itself. (Where else will you find Frankenstein showing you how to construct good arguments?)

Other recent projects include the 'How to Live' books featuring 'Wise (and not-so-wise) Advice from the Great Philosophers'. These examine a whole load of unexpected philosophical things like the virtues of cheese sandwiches (Rousseau) and making the wife work in a factory (John Locke). Being essentially 'snack reading', it is definitely available as an e-book (ASIN B00GOGQRJW).

Martin is best known for his two introductions to philosophy, 101 Philosophy Problems (Routledge 1999, 2001, 2007) and 101 Ethical Dilemmas (Routledge 2002/2007) which despite being originally aimed at the academic market, between them have sold over 250,000 copies and been translated into 20 different languages. He also published an "anti-history" of great philosophers, Philosophical Tales (2008) for Blackwell.

Other recent projects include the UK edition of Philosophy for Dummies (Wiley June 2010); Mind Games: 31 days to rediscover your Brain (Blackwell, July 2010) and The Doomsday Machine: The High Price of Nuclear Energy, the World's Most Dangerous Fuel (co-authored with Andrew McKillop). A project with Richard Stanyer developing resources for Philosophy for Children has led to a beautifully illustrated children's book called Milo and the upside-down Goggles. (The project website is http.//www.philosophystories.co.uk)

A book on Thought Experiments was well-reviewed despite being entitled (confusingly perhaps!) Wittgenstein's Beetle, (2004) and other more academic books include a mini book on Adam Smith; and a reference guide to philosophy and ethics for Hodder Academic.

Martin now writes full-time, but in the past has taught philosophy and social science at a number of universities in the UK and Australia, and was involved in a research project at Leeds University under George MacDonald Ross exploring ways to shift philosophy teaching away from the the mere study of philosophical facts and toward a view of philosophy as an activity.

A respected environmentalist, he wrote an influential series of articles in the Times Higher (London) about the politics of the climate change debate. He has written discussion papers on environmental concerns for the European Parliament and been invited by the Chinese government to discuss ecological rights and indigenous communities.

Martin is also the editor of THE PHILOSOPHER, a journal founded in 1923, which counts some of the best known names in Twentieth Century philosophy amongst its contributors. His editorial strategy is to allow as wide a range of ideas as possible a forum in the Journal, and this often prints papers by non-specialists with unusual and original ideas. He is currently based in Normandy, France, but travels often to the US and UK.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Unwin on September 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Whilst we might like to believe that we spend our lives thinking, I suspect that there is more than a grain of truth in the view of George Bernard Shaw.

"Few people think more than two or three times a year. I've made an international reputation by thinking two or three times a week."

The book's aim is to present 101 prompts to thinking and seeing in new ways. I found it a great book for train journeys where you have a little time to yourself and perhaps the chance to relax and let your mind play with ideas. The good news is that the questions are posed in the spirit of fun and although the title describes them as philosophical problems, this simply means problems to think about. The collection provides a diverse range of questions categorised under 17 different headings. These for example cover paradoxical pictures, problems with numbers, logical loops, ethical issues and many more.

I particularly liked the problems with time and am still trying to think through my understanding of the consequences of the speed of light and the effects of black holes. I also was unaware that light had weight and that 160 tons of sunlight falls on the earth each day - where does it go? You can also try your hand at some of the classical problems which have provided the food to while away the time of philosophers for many years, including Zeno's paradox of Achilles and the tortoise featured in Zeno and the Tortoise: How to Think Like a Philosopher
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By Alexandre Tort on July 2, 2007
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I have not finished it yet, but it seems to be a very intersting book, more of a brain-teaser then really a philosphy book. Diiscussions at the end of the book are not solutions, but more stuff to think about.

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Cohen puts a new twist on traditional philosophical problems. It would have been nice to see a few more "original" problems, however.
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