Thinking Like a Philosopher

A seven-day course

Original Title: Denken wie ein Philosoph

original edition

Paperback, with flaps, 224 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-570-55196-7
€ 12.99 [D] | € 13.40 [A] | CHF 18.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Pantheon

Date of publication: September 3, 2012
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Gerhard  Ernst - Thinking Like a Philosopher


Become a philosopher in seven days – a clear and worthwhile introduction

Most popular books about philosophy give the impression that philosophy is about expressing opinions when it is really all about exchanging arguments. This book by philosophy professor Gerhard Ernst does not confuse philosophy with a Weltanschauung, or view of life, which is why it makes it possible for readers to seriously come to grips with what philosophy is about.

What's more: it takes only a week to do so. The reader enters into a dialogue with a philosophy teacher, and the result is six conversations – one for each working day – in which questions from the main fields of philosophy are discussed: How shall I live? Are values objective? What is philosophy?

"This is written like a Platonic dialogue: a reader asks a question, and the philosopher answers; and sometimes the reverse. The fundamental questions of philosophy are considered with a light tone: the questions about how we should live, what we can know, and what actually exists. Here are even a few answers. But these answers are not just simply assumed. They are always considered how far these answers go, what there is that contradicts them, and what is beyond explanation."

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