British philosopher and editor Law explores 25 of life's Big Questions in a sprightly volume designed to be a "course in thinking philosophically." Categorizing each philosophical "adventure" as Warm-up, Moderate or More Challenging, he addresses queries both grand and eternal ("Does God Exist?" and "Where Did the Universe Come From?" are two of his chapters) and controversial and contemporary ("What's Wrong with Gay Sex?" and "But is it Art?"). Lay readers looking for a comprehensible introduction to critical thinking will benefit from Law's straightforward exposition of each topic; opposing arguments are clearly organized in a tennis match of sorts: Law has two diners, for example, spar over whether eating meat can be morally justified. (Animals eat other animals, one says. But they don't know right from wrong, his companion says. Eating animals comes naturally to us, says the first. But so does violence, says the second. Etc.) In the chapter on morality's supposed dependence on religion, a section titled "An Argument for the Existence of God" is followed by the impressively accessible "Plato's Refutation of the Popular Argument," which is then countered with the "'But God is Good' Reply," and so on. The writing is lively and accessible, thanks to Law's passion for his subject and his creative use of zany conversations between future scientists about the possibility of time travel, for example, and his whimsical examples of strange objects called "fubbyloofers" to demonstrate the difficulty of determining what is art. The best of these essays end inconclusively, encouraging readers to consult the additional resources Law recommends. When Law unabashedly declares his final opinion-"In short, what creationists practice isn't good science-it's bunk"-it has the potential to offend. It detracts, too, from the book's admirable aim to "provide the skills needed to think independently" and "help fortify your courage in making a moral stand."
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I use this book in one of my classes teaching the International Baccalaureate TOK course. I find the chapters accessible for older students and although some of the content is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Benjamin E Newton
Really liked this book, very well explained and with lots of clear scenarios to ilustrate the authors point.Published 8 months ago by Aniello
Life is short. There are far too many books worth reading. Stephen Law's text isn't one of them. For those keen on philosophy, the only thing worthwhile about Stephen's book is his... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Fire and Mirth
This is a wonderful book to read and to recommend to others. Brief and enjoyable dialogues set ideas into play, and the commentary is incisive, thoughtful, and unfailingly... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Erick Wilberding
This book was recommended by my brother for my father...he read it, but didn't find it to be as valuable as my brother thought.Published 11 months ago by Deborah Mccain
Entertaining and well structured. A good way to present philosophy to beginners in a practical and relatable way. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'd only recently heard about Stephen Law, so was a bit hesitant to pick up this one. But, I am glad I did. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Tim K
This book does an great job of making the practice of philosophy useful in our live. Highly accessible even for those without formal training in the methods of philosophy.Published on February 26, 2011 by JDS