Confessions of a Philosopher

A Personal Journey Through Western Philosophy from Plato to Popper

Author: Bryan Magee

Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.

ISBN: 0375750363

Category: Philosophy

Page: 480

View: 6322

The author shares his personal discovery of philosophical questions and the great philosophers, while introducing the reader to the ideas of Russell, Kant, Nietzsche, and Popper

Confessions of a Philosopher

Author: Bryan Magee

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780753804711

Category: Philosophers

Page: 603

View: 418

In this inspirational book Bryan Magee tells the story of his discovery of philosophy, and in doing so introduces the subject to his reader. Experiences of everyday life provide discussion of philosophers and explain why certain philosophical questions persistently exercise our minds. With great fluency Magee untangles philosophy, making it seem part of everyone's life. Intensely personal and brimming with infectious enthusiasm, this is a wonderful introduction to philosophy by one of the most elegant and accessible writers on the subject.

Confessions of a Philosopher

Author: Bryan Magee

Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicholson

ISBN: 9780297819592

Category: Philosophers

Page: 503

View: 7710

In this inspirational book Bryan Magee tells the story of his discovery of philosophy, and in doing so introduces the subject to his reader. Experiences of everyday life provide discussion of philosophers and explain why certain philosophical questions persistently exercise our minds. With great fluency Magee untangles philosophy, making it seem part of everyone's life. Intensely personal and brimming with infectious enthusiasm, this is a wonderful introduction to philosophy by one of the most elegant and accessible writers on the subject.

Talking Philosophy

Dialogues with Fifteen Leading Philosophers

Author: Bryan Magee

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780192854179

Category: Philosophy

Page: 275

View: 9880

Talking Philosophy is a unique record of philosophers explaining their work. This book features fifteen dialogues between Bryan Magee and some of the outstanding thinkers of the twentieth century. It includes contributions from Isaiah Berlin, Noam Chomsky, W. V. O. Quine, A. J. Ayer, Iris Murdoch, and Herbert Marcuse. The topics discussed include, 'What is philosophy?', Marxism, existentialism, literature, and ethics.

Ultimate Questions

Author: Bryan Magee

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400880459

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

View: 7608

We human beings had no say in existing—we just opened our eyes and found ourselves here. We have a fundamental need to understand who we are and the world we live in. Reason takes us a long way, but mystery remains. When our minds and senses are baffled, faith can seem justified—but faith is not knowledge. In Ultimate Questions, acclaimed philosopher Bryan Magee provocatively argues that we have no way of fathoming our own natures or finding definitive answers to the big questions we all face. With eloquence and grace, Magee urges us to be the mapmakers of what is intelligible, and to identify the boundaries of meaningfulness. He traces this tradition of thought to his chief philosophical mentors—Locke, Hume, Kant, and Schopenhauer—and shows why this approach to the enigma of existence can enrich our lives and transform our understanding of the human predicament. As Magee puts it, "There is a world of difference between being lost in the daylight and being lost in the dark." The crowning achievement to a distinguished philosophical career, Ultimate Questions is a deeply personal meditation on the meaning of life and the ways we should live and face death.

The Story of Philosophy

Author: Bryan Magee

Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)

ISBN: 9781465445643

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

View: 9715

Now updated and with a fresh new look, the highly successful The Story of Philosophy traces more than 2,500 years of Western philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle in ancient Greece to Saint Augustine and medieval philosophy, the golden century of German philosophy, Bertrand Russell and Albert Camus of the modern era, and much more. World-renowned philosopher and professor Bryan Magee expertly guides your exploration through the major philosophical issues, the important questions, and the key contributions of the great philosophers in this illustrated, accessible guide. Discover the great thinkers in their historical contexts and learn the influences that shaped their lives and work. In The Story of Philosophy, Revised and Updated, each philosophical movement includes profiles of key philosophers and their important works, historical contexts and influences, important quotes, and other related people and ideas. Full-color photographs, artworks, and illustrations illuminate every page. The Story of Philosophy, Revised and Updated gives you the information you need to think about life's greatest questions, opening up the world of philosophical ideas in a way that can be easily understood by students and by anyone fascinated by the ways we form our social, political, and ethical ideas.

Karl Popper

Philosophy and Problems

Author: Anthony O'Hear

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521558150

Category: Philosophy

Page: 297

View: 3002

Few philosophers in this century have had either Karl Popper's range or influence, inside and outside philosophy. This collection of essays by fifteen distinguished philosophers, several of whom have been closely associated with Popper and his work, provides a timely assessment of Popper's contributions in a number of key areas: the methodology and philosophy of science; probability and determinism; quantum theory; biology; the theory of evolution; and the theory and practice of politics.

The Making of a Philosopher

My Journey Through Twentieth-Century Philosophy

Author: Colin McGinn

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062119865

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

View: 4588

Part memoir, part study, The Making of a Philosopher is the self–portrait of a deeply intelligent mind as it develops over a life on both sides of the Atlantic. The Making of a Philosopher follows Colin McGinn from his early years in England reading Descartes and Anselm, to his years in the states, first in Los Angeles, then New York. McGinn presents a contemporary academic take on the great philosophical figures of the twentieth century, including Bertrand Russell, Jean–Paul Sartre, and Noam Chomsky, alongside stories of the teachers who informed his ideas and often became friends and mentors, especially the colorful A.J. Ayer at Oxford. McGinn's prose is always elegant and probing; students of contemporary philosophy and the general reader alike will absorb every page.

Philosophy of Science

An Overview for Cognitive Science

Author: William Bechtel

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 1317767489

Category: Psychology

Page: 152

View: 5440

This text focuses on two major issues: the nature of scientific inquiry and the relations between scientific disciplines. Designed to introduce the basic issues and concepts in the philosophy of science, Bechtel writes for an audience with little or no philosophical background. The first part of the book explores the legacy of Logical Positivism and the subsequent post-Positivistic developments in the philosophy of science. The second section examines arguments for and against using a model of theory reduction to integrate scientific disciplines. The book concludes with a chapter describing non-reductionist approaches for relating scientific disciplines using psycholinguistic and cognitive neuroscience models.

The Great Philosophers

An Introduction to Western Philosophy

Author: Bryan Magee

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780192893222

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

View: 5817

The author interviews modern philosophers and writers such as Martha Nussbaum and Peter Singer on the major figures in the history of Western philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle to Russell and Wittgenstein.

Aspects of Wagner

Author: Bryan Magee

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780192840127

Category: Music

Page: 102

View: 4362

`Original and stimulating...the most lucid attempt I have yet read to explain the reasons for the continuing compulsive fascination of Wagner's music over friend and foe alike.' Music and Musicians

Confessions of Saint Augustine

Author: Frank J. Sheed

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567110052

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 9501

Sheed's classic translation of Augustine's Confessions. True to the original, and in a subtle and dignified English translation, let this be a cornerstone of your library.

History of Western Philosophy

Collectors Edition

Author: Bertrand Russell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135692912

Category: Philosophy

Page: 728

View: 4233

Now in a special gift edition, and featuring a brand new foreword by Anthony Gottlieb, this is a dazzlingly unique exploration of the works of significant philosophers throughout the ages and a definitive must-have title that deserves a revered place on every bookshelf.

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Author: Stephen Batchelor

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 1588369846

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 2869

Does Buddhism require faith? Can an atheist or agnostic follow the Buddha’s teachings without believing in reincarnation or organized religion? This is one man’s confession. In his classic Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor offered a profound, secular approach to the teachings of the Buddha that struck an emotional chord with Western readers. Now, with the same brilliance and boldness of thought, he paints a groundbreaking portrait of the historical Buddha—told from the author’s unique perspective as a former Buddhist monk and modern seeker. Drawing from the original Pali Canon, the seminal collection of Buddhist discourses compiled after the Buddha’s death by his followers, Batchelor shows us the Buddha as a flesh-and-blood man who looked at life in a radically new way. Batchelor also reveals the everyday challenges and doubts of his own devotional journey—from meeting the Dalai Lama in India, to training as a Zen monk in Korea, to finding his path as a lay teacher of Buddhism living in France. Both controversial and deeply personal, Stephen Batchelor’s refreshingly doctrine-free, life-informed account is essential reading for anyone interested in Buddhism.

Popper

Author: Bryan Magee

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780713001099

Category: Education

Page: 109

View: 4157

First published in 1974. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Clouds of Glory

A Hoxton Childhood

Author: Bryan Magee

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 343

View: 3620

Hoxton, today a fashionable part of inner London, was once one of the capital's most notorious slum areas. Here, Brian Magee brings us this enormously attractive memoir of the vanished world of his working-class childhood.

A Confession

Author: Leo Tolstoy

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048611256X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 96

View: 2114

This poignant text describes Tolstoy's heartfelt reexamination of Christian orthodoxy and subsequent spiritual awakening. Generations of readers have been inspired by this timeless account of one man's struggle for faith and meaning in life.

The Philosophy of Schopenhauer

Author: Bryan Magee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198237235

Category: History

Page: 465

View: 8106

Magee includes a brief biography of Schopenhauer, a systematic exposition of his thought, and a critical discussion of the problems to which it gives rise and of its influence on a wide range of thinkers and artists.

Moral Matters

A Philosophy of Homecoming

Author: Mark Dooley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472523407

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

View: 3595

Moral Matters: A Philosophy of Homecoming is Mark Dooley's attempt to offer an alternative to 'Cyberia'. It is a book about home, memory and identity. At a time when people are rapidly disengaging from those forms of life which once bound them together, it can be argued that our happiness depends on saving and conserving them. We cannot flourish in isolation or by detaching from the social sphere which surrounds us. We cannot truly prosper or progress if we choose to forget where we came from or if we dismiss our inherited moral wisdom. And yet, in opting for loss, separation and homelessness, it seems we have done just that. We have opted for a rootless existence where alienation and amnesia are the norm. This powerful and passionate book shows how the alienated, 'postmodern' self can become re-rooted to time and place and restored to full humanity and happiness whilst moving in a virtual, hyperconnected world. In caring for creation, conserving culture and saving the sacred we can once again make our home in the world and experience the consolation of moving from loss to love.