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About Martin Cohen
His latest book, called 'The Leaders' Bookshelf', is all about ideas and inspirations - and how even quite ordinary books can be 'intuition pumps' sending their readers off to achieve extraordinary things. Take one example, explored in the book, Jane Goodall. She is the anthropologist famous for her tireless work in Africa with chimpanzees - and it turns out that she was originally inspired by the deceptively simple children's tales of 'Doctor Dolittle'. Or take Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder and the man who made computers friendly. He dropped out of college but found a new direction after reading a counter-cultural 'bible' called 'Be Here Now' by Ram Dass. This book contained for him confirmation of his existing philosophy that everything you create had to be more than functional. (There's a great little video trailer for the book on my author page: it's the one with a match and a red thread as the icon image.)
Another of Martin's books is a look at food (and philosophy too) with incredible insights into why everything we eat makes us fat, and seems to have more to do with laboratories than farms! It's called 'I Think Therefore I Eat' and it's coming out in the US in November 2018. But it's not just more worries - Martin finds good news in debunking some of the diet myths - and the wonders of foods like... chocolate.
Martin now writes full-time, but in the past has taught philosophy and social science at a number of universities in the UK and Australia, and was involved in a research project exploring ways to shift philosophy teaching away from the the mere study of philosophical facts and toward a view of philosophy as an activity.
An activist environmentalist, he wrote an influential series of articles in the Times Higher (London) about the politics of the climate change debate. He has written discussion papers on environmental concerns for the European Parliament and been invited by the Chinese government to discuss ecological rights and indigenous communities.
As an editor, his strategy is to allow as wide a range of ideas as possible a forum and he loves articles by non-specialists with unusual and original ideas. He is currently based in Aquitaine, France, but travels often to the US and UK.
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With an updated glossary of helpful terms and possible solutions to the problems at the end of the book, 101 Philosophy Problems is essential reading for anyone coming to philosophy for the first time.
Will meat eaters get into heaven? Do trees have rights? Is it ever right to design a baby? What would you do? Would you always do the right thing? Is there a right thing? In this second edition of his thought-provoking and highly engaging introduction to ethics, Martin Cohen brings us eleven brand new ethical dilemmas including:
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Uno de los mayores atractivos de la filosofía es que te hace pensar mucho, para comprender los razonamientos e ideas de otros pensadores, y para desarrollar tus propias respuestas. Pero puede ocurrir que ¡acabes con más preguntas que al principio!.
Esta sencilla guía es como un agradable viaje a la historia de la filosofía, de la mano de un autor experimientado, que te acompañará en tu camino a través de terrenos como el ser, el conocimiento, la verdad o la belleza.
• ¿Qué es la filosofía? — adéntrate en la ciencia de las ideas y ponte tu sombrero de pensar
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• Partidos de izquierdas, de derechas, de centro y de nada — un poquito de filosofía política para que encuentres la lógica (o la incoherencia) de los programas políticos
• Temas íntimos — ética, moral, lógica, conciencia… cada persona es única e irrepetible, pero la sociedad de personas es también un hecho real
• Ciencia y filosofía, de la mano — descubre cómo los filósofos han puesto los cimentos a grandes teorías sobre el espacio, el tiempo y muchos otros ámbitos de estudio
Which books inspired some of the world’s most successful people – and why? Come on a journey of literary exploration and find out how books can impact your life.
It turns out that the life stories of many famous people start out with a particular book that inspired them when young. Here, Martin Cohen explores the lives of some remarkable people – inventors, scientists, business gurus and political leaders – and the books that have challenged, inspired, and influenced them. And so exploring the ideas, dreams and inspirations that this diverse group shared is at the heart of this book too. Inspiration, in particular, is the thread that ties together individuals with characters and backgrounds as diverse as Jane Goodall and Barack Obama, Malcolm X and Judge Clarence Thomas, Oprah Winfrey and Malala Yousafzai, Rachel Carson and Frans Lanting.
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Yet if philosophers of science, from Thomas Kuhn to Paul Feyerabend, have argued that science is a more haphazard process, driven by political fashion and short-term economic self-interest, today almost everyone seems to assume it is a vast jigsaw of interlocking facts pieced slowly but steadily together by expert practitioners.
In this witty but profound 21st-century update on the issues, Martin Cohen offers vital clues for understanding not only the way knowledge develops, but also into the dangers of accepting too readily or too uncritically the claims of experts of all kinds - even philosophical ones! The claims are invariably presented as objective fact, yet are rooted in human subjectivity.
"The worst thing about food science, the elephant in the room, is that it's not just the opinions that are changing—but the 'facts' themselves shift too."
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Accessible, well-informed and fully-illustrated, this is a wonderful book for anyone who is keen to know more about the history of philosophers and their theories.
¿Realmente fue Sócrates esa especie de santo en que lo convirtió la filosofía posterior a él?
¿Por qué es dudoso que Descartes haya dicho realmente «pienso, luego existo»?
¿Y qué demonios tenía Sartre en contra de los camareros?
Este libro examina los fascinantes detalles biográficos de algunos de los más grandes filósofos de la historia y subraya la aportación de cada uno de ellos a la disciplina. Su autor, Martin Cohen, aplica un verdadero enfoque filosófico a la filosofía misma, proporcionándonos una refrescante «historia alternativa» que, en muchos casos, nos dejará boquiabiertos. Pero ¿por qué querría alguien saber que Kant se enrollaba con tres vueltas de sábana antes de irse a dormir, o que Schopenhauer empujó escaleras abajo a una pobre anciana tejedora, o que Marx pasaba tanto tiempo entre mujeres y botellas de cervezas como en la British Library? Repasando estas aparentes trivialidades de las vidas de los filósofos —y desmontando por el camino algunos mitos muy arraigados— este libro nos ofrece luminosas perspectivas que nos animarán a pensar de una manera más lúcida y crítica. Pascal estaba en lo cierto cuando dijo que «reírse de la filosofía es verdaderamente filosofar».
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• Is there a philosophical answer to that eternal question: What should I eat for dinner?
• How would Aristotle really run General Motors?
• And where can we find the secret of happiness?
Ten thought-provoking ‘life lessons’ based on seventy five tasty tit-bits of philosophy, drawn from the writings of the Greats. How to Live offers not only tips on life’s eternal questions, but a tasty entrée into philosophy.
'What the papers say' - about Martin Cohen’s books
101 Philosophy Problems:
'Cohen continually delights or infuriates us with his irreverent opinions.'—Times Higher Education (London)
'Without technical terms and incomprehensible superstructure, but with wit and irony, Cohen explains the basic concepts of philosophy and, in passing, the most famous thinkers of history.'—Der Spiegel
101 Ethical Dilemmas
'…a chatty, jokey journey through philosophical dilemmas, ancient and modern… but the philosophy is the real thing.'—New Scientist