Is it possible to consider philosophy a fun reading? Well, it is. Especially for this book; Nigel makes sure to let it be so. It’s brief, thought-provoking and easy-to-read. Highly recommend for freshmen in philosophy and, in my case, “People fond of philosophy but don’t know from where to start”.
Nigel discusses some of the highly controversial questions in philosophy and covers the most distinctive topics in the same field: God, Right and wrong, Politics, The external world, Science, Mind and Art. I must allude to the ease of vocabulary and structures he has chosen; we know that when it comes to philosophic vocabulary it’s all smoke and mirrors.
Nonetheless, it had some slight defects related to the content or let’s say to the definitions of arguments; I can clearly notes it’s just “A BASIC” yet it doesn’t have to be that short in defining arguments, it was like googling something and a very short definition ( three lines or less) from Wikipedia appears on the top right. However, Wikipedia gives you the feature of expanding the definition yet Nigel don’t. I was left high and dry at some points.
“My aim here is to give you the tool to think about philosophical issues yourselves rather than simply explain what certain great figures have thought about them.”
Another defect to mention; it did not cover two of the substantial topics known in philosophy: Free Will and Personal Identity (i.e. Free Will was mentioned under the chapter of God not as a chapter per se). However, it wasn’t hard-and it won’t be- neither for me nor for other readers to find the implied message the author wants us to find: philosophy is solely an art of observation. Every observer has its own unique way of interpreting the surrounding issues. Thus, any argument or any premise in that regard is subject to revoke. Nevertheless, there is not one argument went without several objections. Some arguments might sound utterly silly and offbeat, yet others provide food for thought, but on both ways it’s absolutely your call to follow what suits your way of observation or to simply revoke the arguments.
“Part of what they mean by this is that once a literary you text is made public, it is for the reader to interpret it: the author should no longer be considered to hold a privileged position in this respect … The meaning of text is created by the reader’s interpretation rather than the writer’s intentions.”
“In the end each, believer must judge whether or not his or her face is appropriate and genuine.”
“A god who allows such suffering for merely aesthetic purpose in order to appreciate it in the way one appreciates a work of art, sounds more like a sadist than the all- good deity described by theists. If this is the role suffering plays, then it makes God uncomfortably close to the psychopath who throws a bomb into a crowd in order to admire the beautiful patterns created by the explosion and the blood.”
The Basics: Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
* I don’t have a copy of the book.