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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: 10.4 x 7.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm very glad I stumbled upon this book.
Zhoobeen
First, the book goes over the arguments made by the philosophers, and it elaborates these arguments with sufficient clarity.
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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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39 of 40 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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37 of 39 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 14 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Shaw on June 25, 2000
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First, I used a very early edition of Philosophy Made Simple when I was a student. Today, I use it for several of the courses that I teach. One is the Business Management Course which is a part of a degree offered by the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Another course is for computer specialists at Whitireia Community Polytechnic. In both cases the students do not have a strong background in either ethics or classical studies; however, they need to study ethics and to relate it to the work that they will be doing in their careers. I have found the Ethics section of Philosophy Made Simple to be the most practical book to use. Students can understand the text and it is easy to generate examples for use both in class and in their assignments. Once the elements of classical ethics are appreciated it is a small step to take them further into epistemology and political philosophy. If the text was to be revised again, I would suggest more on the language schools of philosophy (Ryle et al) and on the philosophy of science (including the philosophy of biology). Perhaps this would be best left for a further volume. I am very pleased to recommend this book to beginning students, and to others who would like an understandable outline of an important subject.
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13 of 14 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zhoobeen on October 14, 2006
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I was a Biology major in college. Before reading this book I had NO idea of anything pertaining to philosophy. I'm very glad I stumbled upon this book. I don't think there is any book out there that makes it easier to understand philosophy than this one. It explains things in simple language, one that the lay person can understand without having a degree in philosophy. If you are interested in philosophy and know nothing about it, this is the book for you.
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