The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking

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Macmillan, Dec 16, 2003 - Philosophy - 290 pages
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From Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history's most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging. He brings new perspectives to age-old conundrums while also tackling modern-day dilemmas -- some for the first time. Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a pickled sheep can truly be considered art, or dive right in and tackle the existence of God. In this radically new way of looking at philosophy, Stephen Law illustrates the problem with a story, then lets the argument battle it out in clear, easily digestible and intelligent prose. This perfect little mental health club is sure to give each reader's mind a great workout.

 

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User Review  - psiloiordinary - LibraryThing

Much to my surprise I really enjoyed this book. My low expectation stem purely from my prior experience of discussing philosophy and the little I have read. Stephen Law has a knack of simply talking ... Read full review

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User Review  - darkeyedfish - LibraryThing

This was required for my Philosophy 101 class. We were required to read a certain few passages, but when I found myself with an hour between classes and nothing to do I read a few of the other ones ... Read full review

Contents

Where Did the Universe Come From?
1
Whats Wrong with Gay Sex?
10
BrainSnatched
25
ls Time Travel Possible?
34
lnto the Lair of the Relativist
46
Could a Machine Think?
58
Does God Exist?
68
The Strange Case of the Rational Dentist
80
Do We Ever Deserve to Be Punished?
163
The Meaning Mystery
175
Killing Mary to Save Jodie
183
The Strange Realm of Numbers
193
What ls Knowledge?
206
ls Morality like a Pair of Spectacles?
218
Should You Be Eating That?
229
Brain Transplants Teleportation and the Puzzle of Personal ldentity
241

But ls lt Art?
92
Can We Have Morality without God and Religion?
104
ls Creationism Scientific?
117
Designer Babies
130
The Consciousness Conundrum
141
Why Expect the Sun to Rise Tomorrow?
152
Miracles and the Supernatural
253
How to Spot Eight Everyday Reasoning Errors
267
Seven Paradoxes
276
lndex
287
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Stephen Law is a lecturer in philosphy at the University of London, was formerly Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen's College, Oxford and received his doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Oxford.

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