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Philosophy: Why It Matters

Helen Beebee Michael Rush



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Polity Press
25 January 2019
Philosophy; Popular philosophy; Teaching of a specific subject
Series: Why It Matters
We constantly disagree with each other on issues of fundamental importance. Does God exist? Should the latest scientific findings be trusted? Are there innate psychological differences between men and women?

In four lively chapters, Beebee and Rush explain philosophy's role in addressing such questions. They consider what it means to be human, how we should engage in public debate, philosophy's relationship with science and religion, and the nature of our moral choices. Far from being only an abstract endeavour, philosophy engages with issues on a practical level, and philosophers draw inspiration from real-life situations. At its core, philosophy is about how to live and how to make sense of the world we inhabit. It is a set of tools and techniques for clearly and systematically considering our arguments and uncovering our hidden assumptions, which helps us to make more informed choices about what to believe and how to act. Philosophy is everywhere, and open to everyone.
By:   Helen Beebee, Michael Rush
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 189mm,  Width: 125mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   140g
ISBN:   9781509532162
ISBN 10:   1509532161
Series:   Why It Matters
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   25 January 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Adult education ,  Undergraduate ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Helen Beebee is Samuel Hall Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manchester. Michael Rush is a teaching fellow in philosophy at the University of Birmingham.

Reviews for Philosophy: Why It Matters

`Philosophy professors and students will find this wonderful little book to be a perfect gift for those who ask them what philosophy is or why philosophy matters.' Alfred Mele, Florida State University `Excellent, easy to follow, and informative. Beebee and Rush make a good case for the importance of philosophy in part by demonstrating the joys of engaging in philosophy.' Derek Matravers, The Open University

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