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Core Questions in Philosophy (5th Edition) Paperback – March 23, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0132437783 ISBN-10: 0132437783 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (March 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132437783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132437783
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Gintis on January 2, 2010
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My work deals with understanding cooperation in humans. Since social interaction has a moral element, I have been ineluctably concerned with philosophical ethics. Although I studied a fair amount of philosophy in school, I did not study ethics, and I feel I have a rag-tag grounding in this aspect of modern philosophy. This is why I obtained Sober's undergrad textbook, which is really an intro to all of Western philosophy.

This book is nothing like my own introduction to philosophy, which consisted exclusively in reading excerpts from the great philosophers of the past, accompanied by the professor's lectures, which went 'way over my head. Now, my background was in math and physics, and I never read the classics in those fields (you need a dictionary to understand these old guys, and their notation was usually horrible). Sober's text is so refreshing! In each of the major areas of philosophy (he doesn't deal with logic, philosophy of science, philosopchy of mathematics, and other specialized areas) he provides a lucid overview as well as a critique of the various views and his own assessment of which is correct and which is not. I agreed with him almost 100% of the time, and I found his analysis quite cogent and lucid.

The bottom line is that this book is excellent both for beginners and those who want to brush up. It is also a great read.

Sober's treatment of ethical philosophy gets five stars for exposition, but only three for analysic and critique, in my view. I share Sober's deep appreciation for Aristotle and virtue ethics in general, the major attraction of which is its self-characterization as a set of principles for leading the good life. Virtue ethics thus avoids the utilitiarian/deontological problem: why should we be moral?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Senor Viernes on April 17, 2011
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I got this book for a philosophy class, but I'm going to keep at as reference. It doesn't get in-depth into anything, but it serves as an excellent, if cursory, introduction to the field of philosophy. It doesn't get dry as no one part seems to get rambling or long, and if you use the ideas discussed in this book to have debates or real-life discussions about the philosophical issues discussed, you'll never get bored or tired of reading it.

Then again, maybe I'm just a huge nerd.

I gave it a four because at some points, it just seems to simplify certain issues or cuts off just when things are getting really interesting. I feel that a few ideas are also misrepresented in the slightest ways (or perhaps it's my fault for thinking of things differently than the author does). But this was a perfectly good read... would recommend with limited reservations to anyone interested in philosophy.
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By Gabriel on February 9, 2013
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If you're buying this book for class, don't worry--it isn't that bad. Sober provides thoughtful analysis, well-rounded arguments, and a good combination of analysis and primary resources. The only complaint I have about the book stems from Sober's writing; if you're an English person, his constant use of passive voice and "to be" verbs will drive you mad. Otherwise, a very good text.
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By Allison on January 24, 2014
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This was a required book for my course in Philosophy. I found it very insightful and interesting. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend this for anyone that may be wanting to look into a general overview into several main worldviews. Those having a Christian worldview may also benefit from this book as the author's worldview favors Christianity.
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By Joel Miller on August 20, 2014
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Difficult to read and pretty much atheist.
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