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Philosophical provocations : 55 short essays, Colin McGinn

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Philosophical provocations : 55 short essays
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Philosophical provocations
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55 short essays
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Colin McGinn
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eng
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In Philosophical Provocations, Colin McGinn offers a series of short, sharp essays that take on philosophical problems ranging from the concept of mind to paradox, altruism, and the relation between God and the Devil. Avoiding the usual scholarly apparatus and embracing a blunt pithiness, McGinn aims to achieve as much as possible in as short a space as possible while covering as many topics as possible. Much academic philosophical writing today is long, leaden, citation heavy, dense with qualifications, and painful to read. The essays in Philosophical Provocations are short, direct, and engaging, often challenging philosophical orthodoxy as they consider issues in mind, language, knowledge, metaphysics, biology, ethics, and religion. McGinn is looking for new ways to think about old problems. Thus he writes, about consciousness, “I think we have been all wrong,” and goes on to suggest that both consciousness and the unconscious are mysteries. Summing up his proposal on altruism, he remarks, “My suggestion can now be stated, somewhat brutally, as follows: human altruism is the result of parasitic manipulation.” He takes a moment to reflect: “I really don’t know why it is good to be alive, though I am convinced that the standard suggestions don’t work.” McGinn gets straight to the point and states his position with maximum clarity. These essays offer provocative invitations to think again.--
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1950-
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McGinn, Colin
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Philosophy
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Philosophical provocations : 55 short essays, Colin McGinn
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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nc
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ocn978539882
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24 cm
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viii, 317 pages
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9780262036191
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(hardcover : alk. paper)
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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(OCoLC)978539882
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Philosophical provocations : 55 short essays, Colin McGinn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn978539882
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 317 pages
Isbn
9780262036191
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)978539882

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