AN Intelligent Person's Guide to Philosophy by Roger Scruton

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"Philosophy's the 'love of wisdom', can be approached in two ways: by doing it, or by studying how it has been done," so writes the eminent philosopher Roger Scruton. In this user-friendly book, he chooses to introduce philosophy by doing it. Taking the discipline beyond theory and "intellectualism," he presents it in an empirical, accessible, and practical light. The result is not a history of the field but a vivid, energetic, and personal account to guide the reader making his or her own venture into philosophy. Addressing a range of subjects from freedom, God, reality, and morality, to sex, music, and history, Scruton argues philosophy's relevance not just to intellectual questions, but to contemporary life.
 

About Roger Scruton

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Roger Scruton is a leading authority on aestheics, and has also published books on others aspects of philosophy, politics, literature, architecture, and modern culture. Currently a freelance writer and composer, he was previously a Professor of Philosophy at Boston University.
 
Published February 1, 1999 by Penguin Books. 178 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Self Help, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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British philosopher and conservative polemicist Scruton (An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Philosophy, 1997) attempts to defend the high culture of the West by means of an all-embracing theory of modern culture’s development and decline.

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Scruton, an academic philosopher who enjoys addressing popular audiences (Modern Philosophy, not reviewed), answers some of philosophy's perennial questions with the self-assurance and intolerance of ambiguity that characterize much of the British analytic tradition.

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For example, ""since the origin of both self and not-self is the act of self-positing, nothing on either side of the barrier is anything, in the last analysis, but self."" When he philosophizes more freely, he puts the reader in a better mood: ""This idea has recurred so often as to suggest that ...

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An Intelligent Person's Guide to Modern Culture makes an argument for high culture and aesthetics as a civilizing force.

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