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Any good introductory books in Philosophy?

n7
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6/3/2016 1:33:12 AM
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At 6/3/2016 12:57:40 AM, Geographia wrote:
Any fields are accepted, as are political books.

Anything in Blackwell's "Pop culture and philosophy" series. They are very accessible to beginners. If you want something with a bit more meat, but still introductory check out:

History of Western Philosophy - Bertrand Russell
The Problems of Philosophy - Also by Russell
A New History of Western Philosophy - Anthony Kenny

Those are great overviews.
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6/3/2016 2:38:24 AM
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At 6/3/2016 1:50:42 AM, Geographia wrote:
Alright, thanks for the suggestions.

Have you read the Bible? Probably the best and most popular book of philosophy ever written.
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6/3/2016 7:44:48 AM
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At 6/3/2016 12:57:40 AM, Geographia wrote:
Any fields are accepted, as are political books.
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6/3/2016 8:53:42 AM
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At 6/3/2016 2:38:24 AM, MasonicSlayer wrote:
At 6/3/2016 1:50:42 AM, Geographia wrote:
Alright, thanks for the suggestions.

Have you read the Bible? Probably the best and most popular book of philosophy ever written.

Yeah, I learned first-order predicate logic from the bible.
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6/3/2016 9:13:33 AM
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At 6/3/2016 12:57:40 AM, Geographia wrote:
Any fields are accepted, as are political books.

Glenn Beck "arguing with idiots" is a hood introduction to political philosophy.
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6/3/2016 2:25:15 PM
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At 6/3/2016 8:53:42 AM, n7 wrote:
At 6/3/2016 2:38:24 AM, MasonicSlayer wrote:
At 6/3/2016 1:50:42 AM, Geographia wrote:
Alright, thanks for the suggestions.

Have you read the Bible? Probably the best and most popular book of philosophy ever written.

Yeah, I learned first-order predicate logic from the bible.

https://i.warosu.org...
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6/3/2016 2:33:41 PM
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Sophie's World by Jostein Gaardner is an amazing book that is both gripping and great for people new to philosophy.
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6/3/2016 6:54:31 PM
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n7's suggestions are good
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6/3/2016 7:04:01 PM
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At 6/3/2016 8:53:42 AM, n7 wrote:
At 6/3/2016 2:38:24 AM, MasonicSlayer wrote:
At 6/3/2016 1:50:42 AM, Geographia wrote:
Alright, thanks for the suggestions.

Have you read the Bible? Probably the best and most popular book of philosophy ever written.

Yeah, I learned first-order predicate logic from the bible.

I'm not sure what that means
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6/5/2016 5:17:21 AM
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I am probably an amateur but I'd like to commend Simon Blackburn's Think as a useful introduction. I had no idea how philosophy works and upon reading Blackburn's book, it pretty much solved almost any misconceptions I had. He was my first book and from there, I was able to dwell into ancient philosophy with "average" level of understanding. That was enough to decipher 60-70% of the rather heavy materials. These may not seem much but the incentives of understanding alleviates any tone-deafness I had with reading . Alternatively, the university options are also a valid, but if you buy current ones, they're sorta expensive. If you want to save, have the versions roll back(to around 19XXs) and buy them.
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6/5/2016 5:22:29 AM
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Everyone should read "Quantum Psychology" by Robert Anton Wilson.
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6/5/2016 5:23:26 AM
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Alternatively, "Science and Sanity" by Alfred Korzybski.

I'd say that both of these books do a great job exposing just how mentally ill everyone is.
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of the will of God. The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth,
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6/7/2016 1:04:55 PM
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At 6/3/2016 1:50:42 AM, Geographia wrote:
Alright, thanks for the suggestions.

You're welcome

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