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Philosophy Made Simple Paperback – July 1, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0385425339 ISBN-10: 0385425333 Edition: 2 Revised

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  • Series: Made Simple
  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 2 Revised edition (July 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385425333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385425339
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm very glad I stumbled upon this book.
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This was a very informative book and was broken down in a very easy and comprehensive way for the reader.
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It was the first philosophy book that I read (I was in high school at the time).
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Satz on September 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Do not interpret the "Made Simple" part of the title to mean "over-simplified" or "simplistic." This book is a lucid and able survey of philosophy at an intermediate level. The seven sections cover ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, the theory of knowledge, logic, and contemporary philosophy. (The only major topic missing is esthetics.) In doing philosophy one is engaging in a serious, long-range conversation with past and present thinkers in an attempt to understand ourselves and the nature of the world in which we live. With this book as a foundation, one could go on to read advanced texts in philosophy and the technical literature. For instance, one could study Samuel Alexander's magnum opus Space, Time, and Deity, and not get lost in the thickets of thought. I highly recommend Philosophy Made Simple as a sturdy foundation for building your own philosophy.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Ferg on July 20, 2002
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Don't be put off by the title. This really is the best introductory book on philosophy. Very readable. It was the first philosophy book that I read (I was in high school at the time). I subsequently went on to study philosophy at Oxford University (England) and Cornell, where I got my PhD in philosophy. Later, I wandered into the field of "computers" where I've had a long and happy career. But I still remember PHILOSOPHY MADE SIMPLE.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 2001
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I am a 4th year philosophy major and it was a great reference book for me. It is really hard to travel with all your books so this one made it easy to look up theories that you made need a little extra help understanding. Or for those out there that have never taken a philosophy course this book would be an easy way to begin to understand philosophical theories.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2001
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This is the best among several introductory books on the subject that I have read. Philosophers and related terms are clearly explained with the support of historical background. Nearly all philosophical ideas are introduced with both sides of the arguments. Sort of the story telling approach make those ideas easy to follow. I highly recommend it to those who want to learn more on philosophy, even for advanced students. I agree with the previous reviewer that one should consider it to be the only book on philosophy carrying aound with for reference. As the preface of the latest edition says, this subject can't be made simpler. Many thanks Mr. Popkin and Mr. Stroll for your great effort.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By AJ on December 22, 2003
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Having read an earlier addition of this book some time ago, I would certainly say that it is one of the most thorough introductions to Philosophy written. With chapters devoted to each branch of philosophical study i.e. Theory of Knowledge, Ethics etc, the authors explain both ancient and contemporary thought with clarity and depth. While admittedly the book can be somewhat dull at times, it is a must read for those looking for a solid introduction to Philosophy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Platonicus on September 24, 2000
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As a first year student of Philosophy I decided that I would try to find a book that would give me an idea of the general aspects of Philosophy. In turn I came to the conclusion that I would purchase this book, and boy was I glad I did. After reading this book I had a profound idea of what I was getting into. Going into my studies I had a lot of confidence. Philosophy made simple will introduce to you all the different types of Philosophy, and the most renowned and influential characters that have changed the world we live in. You will also become aquianted with multiple sects and beliefs systems that derived from Philosophy. Even if you have attained a great understanding of philosophy, this book still places so much useful information concisely that the scholarly will also be impressed. So if you wish to get a head start as a beggining Philosopher purchase this book. For the scholar or teacher I highly recommend this book aswell.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karl Janssen on March 30, 2011
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One of the problems with reading philosophy is that no matter what you're reading you're always expected to know everything that came before it. For those of us to which philosophy is not a vocation but an avocation, reading the entire canon from Plato through the 21st century just isn't feasible. When you're reading Marx and he starts talking about Hegel, for example, who has time to go back and read everything by Hegel just to figure out what Marx is talking about? That's why you need a good cheat sheet, which is what this book provides. The second function of a book like this is that by providing a general overview of the history of philosophy, it gives one the opportunity to select the philosophers and schools of thought that interest them, so one can pursue these areas through further study. This book is also quite successful on that score. It not only allows you to pick and choose those thinkers who pique your interest, it also generates a genuine enthusiasm for the study of philosophy. I walked away from this book with a list of at least a dozen specific works that I look forward to reading.

I have tried other surveys on philosophy, some too deep (Coppleston's nine-volume A History of Philosophy), some too shallow (Will Durant's The Story of Philosophy). Philosophy Made Simple is the Baby Bear of this genre--not too hot, not too cold, just right. It does an admirable job of taking extremely complex theoretical subject matter and explaining it in language suitable for about a college undergrad reading level. I never felt like the writing was too tediously textbooky, nor did I feel like it had been dumbed down for me, à la Philosophy for Idiots.
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