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By Nigel Warburton

ISBN-10: 0415693160

ISBN-13: 9780415693165

Philosophy: the fundamentals lightly eases the reader into the realm of philosophy. each one bankruptcy considers a key quarter of philosophy, explaining and exploring the fundamental rules and topics including:

Can you end up God exists?
How will we comprehend correct from wrong?
What are the boundaries of unfastened speech?
Do you understand how technological know-how works?
Is your brain various out of your body?
Can you outline art?
How should still we deal with non-human animals?
For the 5th version of this best-selling publication, Nigel Warburton has additional a completely new bankruptcy on animals, revised others and taken the additional studying sections brand new. If you’ve ever requested ‘what is philosophy?’, or puzzled even if the area is admittedly how you imagine it's, this can be the publication for you.

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‘Philosophy: the fundamentals deservedly continues to be the main advised advent to philosophy out there. Warburton is sufferer, actual and, certainly, transparent. there's no higher brief advent to philosophy.’ - Stephen legislation, writer of The Philosophy Gym

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The essence of this morality, however, is a system of dos and don’ts. The same is true of most other moralities based on a religion. Many people have thought that if God doesn’t exist there can be no such thing as morality: as the Russian novelist Dostoevsky put it, ‘If God doesn’t exist, then anything is permitted’. Nevertheless, there are at least three major objections to any ethical theory based solely upon God’s will. CRITICISMS OF CHRISTIAN ETHICS WHAT IS GOD’S WILL? One immediate difficulty with Christian ethics is finding out what God’s will actually is.

There are, perhaps, many millions of tickets, but only one will win. It is statistically highly unlikely that you will win. But you might. If you do, however, this doesn’t demonstrate more than your good luck: it doesn’t follow from the fact that, from amongst all those millions of losing tickets, your winning ticket was chosen that this must have been the result of something more than a random selection. You might, if you are superstitious, read all kinds of significance into the fact that you won the lottery.

If you believe in an afterlife you have less reason to fear your own death than if you don’t, provided, of course, that the afterlife is likely to be a pleasant one and not eternal damnation. Either way, for those who believe in an afterlife death is not the end of everything. IS FEAR OF DEATH IRRATIONAL? Fear of death is widespread, and belief in God and an afterlife can be a consolation for those whose lives are unpleasant or painful. Yet belief in an afterlife might just be wishful thinking.

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