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If you think philosophy is complicated or boring, think again! In this refreshingly different guide, author Tom Morris not only explains philosophical fundamentals, but shows you how philosophy can help you find more meaning in life, understand religious belief, and look at the world in a whole new light.

Discover how to:

*Think about lifes ultimate questions

*Apply the insights of great philosophers

*Develop your own personal philosophy

*Expand your mind

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"Tom Morris is no dummy and I'm no philosopher, so we're probably a matched set for his wonderful exercise in unraveling some of life's most elusive and enduring mysteries. Read it and grow wise!" —Ken Schanzer, President, NBC Sports

"Like nobody else, Tom Morris brings the field of philosophy to life." —Paul K. Moser, Professor and Chairperson of Philosophy, Loyola University of Chicago

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If you think philosophy is complicated or boring, think again! In this refreshing different guide, author Tom Morris not only explains philosophical fundamentals, but show you how philosophy can help you find more meaning in life, understand religious belief, and look at the world in a whole new light.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: IDG Books; 1 edition (September 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764551531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764551536
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a public philosopher who writes and speaks on business and life, focusing on ideas that have stood the test of time.

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323 of 368 people found the following review helpful By Die Morgenröte on November 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Some time ago I sat down and read through "Philosophy for Dummies" and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Philosophy." My intentions were to find a book that I might recommend to friends who have a passing interest in the subject, so that I might encourage their understanding and gain more people to discuss ideas with.

Not only was I disappointed with "Philosophy for Dummies" but I found the presentation to be both offensive and underhanded. While appearing at first to be an introduction to the greater subject, it turns out to be a packaging of the author's own beliefs... heavily skewed and full of personal bias. Whole movements are passed over with little or nothing said other than a dismissive comment from the author, who apparently doesnt think them worth mention because he doesnt agree. This is HARDLY proper for what is supposed to be an introduction to the subject. The novice reader is left with a lopsided, limited presentation that while written well enough, leaves him needing to go buy ANOTHER book so he can actually BE introduced to what this title led him to believe he would be -- the subject of philosophy in a wide ranging sense.

As for having the intention of demonstrating the "philosophical process," and not being a general introduction, it fails in this way too. In this regard, the book becomes a subjective promotion of the author's views with at best a biased and extremely limited dabble in opposing ideas (if at times any at all), these being presented in a shallow and shakey fashion, intentionally staged by the author so he can wave them away. ~Laughs~ very convenient, and in total contradiction to the spirit of philosophy and the "battle" of opposing views that has fostered and nurtured the strengths and greatness of the subject throughout history.
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60 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Some philosophers may be offended that their subject has been included in this series, thinking it is too serious of too profound to be made accessible to the "Dummies" of the world. Fortunately, Tom Morris knows the difference between being serious and being somber, and the difference between being profound and being obscure. He has written a book which covers the serious stuff of philosophy but has done so in a way which is downright fun to read! This book does not shrink from the classic, and difficult, problems of philosophy such as the mind-body problem, the nature of freedom and its relation to determinism, the problem of evil, and the nature of morality. But all of this material is written in an engaging style which clearly lays out the issues involved and why they matter to us. Moreover, Morris takes on the really big questions which have traditionally motivated the whole philosophical enterprise: the existence of God, the meaning of life, and life after death. Morris discusses these existentially gripping issues in a clear and evenhanded manner which reminds us why these questions are at the very heart of our humanity. This book is not intended for professional philosophers, but as one who makes his living teaching the subject, I would heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to know what the fuss is all about which has generated the two thousand plus year old debate we call philosophy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Bernhard on May 7, 2013
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Man, I wish I had seen the other reviews prior to buying this book. I got several chapters into it and was extremely disappointed. So, I went online to see if there were comments about this and sure enough, there were. Many other comments mirror mine so I wont repeat. I too found the book to be offensive and underhanded. The author is clearly working in his belief system under the guise of philosophy. This book is not a neutral book on the subject. I will check out the other books and not finish this one. Will look into returning it to Amazon.
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42 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Abe Witonsky on January 24, 2000
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As a philosophy professor, I have seen and used many introductory philosophy texts. "Philosophy for Dummies" is the best text that I have ever seen. It is clearly written. It is extremely accessible to anyone with an interest in the issues. It values critical thinking skills, such as argumentation and analysis. It is sympathetic to many commonsensical views. It is funny (a rarity among philosophy texts). It is entertaining: there are cartoons, quotations, and anecdotes, all of which facilitate the understanding and appreciation of very deep and important issues in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics.
Throughout the book, Morris defends and shows the interconnectedness of many Judeo-Christian positions (e.g. God's existence, the existence of souls, there is a meaning to life -- Morris even tells you what the meaning of life is). I particularly enjoyed one of the last chapters in which there is compelling defense of "Pascal's Wager" -- that is, an argument for why it is rational to be a theist. Before reading the book, I considered myself to be an atheist, and after reading it, I no longer know what I am.
"Philosophy for Dummies" will certainly help you understand why doing philosphy is essential to how you live your life. Morris discusses and agrees with Socrates famous dictum that "An unexamined life is not worth living." After you read his book, you will feel the same way.
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