Philosophy: An Illustrated History of Thought (Ponderables)De (autor) Tom Jackson
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 28 Oct 2014
- Epicurus, who believed that the purpose of life was the pursuit of pleasure through education and friendship. In his own words: "It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living honorably, and it is impossible to live honorably without being pleasant."
- St. Anselm, who proposed that the very act of imagining God was proof enough that he existed. God was the greatest thing that can be imagined, and so must exist beyond the confines of a person's mind.
- David Hume, who questioned our knowledge of any natural phenomena and proposed that our lives were framed by customs passed down through generations rather than any true understanding of our place in the world.
- Friedrich Nietzsche, who argued that the accepted notions of good and bad were outdated and urged people to re-evaluate morality and move humanity to a higher state of being.
- David Chalmers, who wondered what we could learn about consciousness by imagining philosophical zombies, who appeared like people and behaved just like them, but had no mind. What would be different?
- Nick Bostrom, who calculated the chances that a future human society would be able to simulate a universe on a giant computer. He found that it is more likely that we are living in a simulation than in a real Universe.
Philosophy, far from being the work of dead geniuses, is today at the heart of our battle to make sense of the quantum Universe. Philosophy embraces the paradox, and we present the most mind-boggling conundrums the last 3,000 years has to offer. Includes summaries of the fields of philosophy, setting out the basics in jargon-busting and lighthearted text. The life stories behind the great philosophers give further insight to their work. Philosophy also contains a 12-page "Timeline History of Philosophy."