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Invitation to Philosophy Paperback – October 7, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0631206644 ISBN-10: 0631206647 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (October 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631206647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631206644
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,835,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wonderful introduction to the subject for both the general reader and the beginning student, and will be read with profit and pleasure by those more seasoned in the discipline." Time Higher Education Supplement (of the first edition)

"This book is witty, wide-ranging, punchy, and engrossing. It could not fail to ignite the thoughts of those with even the faintest philosophical spark in them." Journal of Applied Philosophy (of the first edition)

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In the revised and updated edition of this classic introductory text, Martin Hollis leads his readers through the age-old philosophical questions of free choice and human nature, appearance and reality, reason and experience, and to newer ones of rationality and morality, other minds and inner selves, and the relation between the natural and human worlds.

Using theories and examples ranging from Plato, Descartes, Hume and Kant to T. S. Eliot and Sherlock Holmes, the author paints a delightfully vivid picture of the discipline that is a perfect start for students beginning courses in philosophy or for anyone meeting the subject for the first time.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. King on April 23, 2000
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This is the most enjoyable introduction to philosophy I have read. Although I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy, I have been too busy building a law practice to read much philosophy for the last two decades. I have recently begun to read philosophy again, however, and have started by reading introductory books. I have found Hollis's "Invitation to Philosophy" to have all the ingredients of a classic of its kind: 1) it is concise; 2) it is clearly written; 3) it is a reliable exposition of the fundamental problems of philosophy; and 4) above all, it is entertaining. In fact, the book is so enjoyable that I was left thirsting for more, which is itself an indication that Hollis has succeeded. Congratulations to Hollis on a job well done.
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I purchased this book 5-6 years ago. What I learned since my first read of Introduction to Philosophy by Martin Hollis has supported my professional career in management consulting and business development (sales) with improved success. Today, I am re-reading the book for intellectual entertainment and refreshment on the topic, and so I thought I'd drop in a review. When I first found this book I was curious to learn something of Philosophy. After reading Hollis' book I went on to take 3 college courses in philosophy, reasoning (logic), and rhetorical writing - all are topics within this book. Hollis also inspired me to read all of Plato, some Descarte, Hobbs, and others. Upon seeing the price above $30 I was shocked. I bought my copy in a used book shop for eight dollars. Even paying double what I paid would be reasonable for the value this book brings, but it is only an introduction as the titles states. To truly learn reasoning, syllogisms and argument you will need more than this book. 5 Stars for the book (I do indeed recommend it to Pholosophy tyros), but minus one star for the misleading high price. BTW, here's an excellent book on Rhetoric, the art of written and oral argument. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student
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