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  • Ethics: A Very Short Introductionby Simon Blackburn

    OUP Oxford 2003; US$ 7.99

    Our self-image as moral, well-behaved creatures is dogged by scepticism, relativism, hypocrisy, and nihilism, by the fear that in a Godless world science has unmasked us as creatures fated by our genes to be selfish and tribalistic, or competitive and aggressive. In this 'sparklingly clear' (Guardian) introduction to ethics Simon Blackburn tackles... more...

  • Essays in Quasi-Realismby Simon Blackburn

    Oxford University Press 1993; US$ 64.99

    This volume collects some influential essays in which Simon Blackburn, one of our leading philosophers, explores one of the most profound and fertile of philosophical problems: the way in which our judgments relate to the world. This debate has centered on realism, or the view that what we say is validated by the way things stand in the world, and... more...

  • Lustby Simon Blackburn

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 15.99

    Blackburn here offers a sharp-edged probe into the heart of lust, blending together insight from some of the world's greatest thinkers on sex, human nature, and our common cultural foibles. Blackburn takes a wide ranging, historical approach, discussing lust as viewed by Aristophanes and Plato, and lust in the light of the Stoic mistrust of emotion... more...

  • Truth: A Guide for the Perplexedby Simon Blackburn

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 14.09

    This important book is about truth, and the enemies of truth, and the wars that are fought between them. As Simon Blackburn says in his introduction, "the ground is complicated, strewn with abandoned fortresses and trenches, fought over by shifting alliances". Truth is an essential sure-footed guide through the territory, from classical to modern... more...

  • Thinkby Simon Blackburn

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 16.99

    This is a book about the big questions in life: knowledge, consciousness, fate, God, truth, goodness, justice. It is for anyone who believes there are big questions out there, but does not know how to approach them. Think sets out to explain what they are and why they are important.Simon Blackburn begins by putting forward a convincing case for the... more...

  • Being Goodby Simon Blackburn

    OUP Oxford 2002; US$ 9.99

    This is a very short introduction to ethics. It divides into three parts: first, introducing and discussing reasons for skepticism about ethics; second introducing themes of birth, death, happiness, desire and freedom to show how deeply our lives are interwoven with ethics; third, introducing attempts to found ethics, due to Aristotle, Kant, and the... more...

  • Plato's Republicby Simon Blackburn

    Atlantic Books 2012; US$ 4.99

    Plato is perhaps the most significant philosopher who has ever lived and The Republic , composed in Athens in about 375BC, is widely regarded as his most famous dialogue. Its discussion of the perfect city - and the perfect mind - laid the foundations for Western culture and, for over two thousand years, has been the cornerstone of Western philosophy.... more...

  • Mirror, Mirrorby Simon Blackburn

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 19.95 US$ 18.15

    Everyone deplores narcissism, especially in others. The vain are by turns annoying or absurd, offending us whether they are blissfully oblivious or proudly aware of their behavior. But are narcissism and vanity really as bad as they seem? Can we avoid them even if we try? In Mirror, Mirror , Simon Blackburn, the author of such best-selling philosophy... more...

  • The Big Questions: Philosophyby Simon Blackburn

    Quercus 2012; US$ 8.99

    The Big Questions series is designed to let renowned experts confront the 20 most fundamental and frequently asked questions of a major branch of science or philosophy. Each 3000-word essay simply and concisely examines a question that has eternally perplexed enquiring minds, and provides answers from history's great thinkers. This ambitious project... more...

  • How To Read Humeby Simon Blackburn

    Granta Publications 2014; US$ 9.32

    David Hume is generally recognized as the United Kingdom's greatest philosopher, as well as a notable historian and essayist and a central figure of the Enlightenment. This book describes how Hume can be considered one of the earliest, and most successful, evolutionary psychologists. more...