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Professor Simon Blackburn

This is a book about the big questions in life: knowledge, consciousness, fate, God, truth, goodness, justice. It is for anyone who believes there are big questions out there, but does not know how to approach them. Think sets out to explain what they are and why they are important.

Simon Blackburn begins by putting forward a convincing case for the study of philosophy and goes on to give the reader a sense of how the great historical figures such as Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Wittgenstein have approached its central themes. Each chapter explains a major issue, and gives the reader a self-contained guide through the problems that philosophers have studied. The large scope of topics covered range from scepticism, the self, mond and body, and freedom to ethics and the arguments surrounding the existence of God.

Lively and approachable, this book is ideal for all those who want to learn how the basic techniques of thinking shape our existence.


  • Hardback has sold almost 40,000 copies worldwide (12,500 in the UK)
  • The best general introduction to philosophy available
  • Philosophy has a huge trade appeal at the moment
  • Lively and accessible but also authoritative: Simon Blackburn has made important contributions to academic philosophy, but can also write for extremely well for non-specialists
  • Author now based in the UK
  • Published in paperback to coincide with hardback publication of Simon Blackburn's new trade book, Being Good: An Introduction to Ethics

Price: £9.50 (Paperback)


Publication date: March 2001