Philosophy

Great Thinkers On Great Questions
by Roy Abrahams Varghese
ISBN: 9781851686551
Price: SGD30.00 (w/o GST)
Philosophy - Paperback, 272 pp
Oneworld Publications

Is there a God? Are our choices free? Does the soul exist?
Great Thinkers on Great Questions presents cogent answers from some of the greatest thinkers of modern times to fifteen of the most enduring
questions faced by humanity. Drawing on a diverse range of views from such influential figures as Richard Swinburne, Alvin Plantinga and Keith Ward, the book broaches God and atheism, ethics, truth, free will, and the compatibility of science and religion.

Ten Zen Questions
by Susan Blackmore
ISBN: 978185168642 1
Price: SGD35.00 (w/o GST)
Philosophy - Hardback, 224 pp
Oneworld Publications

Scientists have only recently begun to realize its potential in influencing our ability to understand and experience consciousness. This revolutionary little book starts each chapter with one of Zen’s—and science’s—most
intriguing questions and reveals how intellectual inquiry and meditation
can come together to tackle some of the greatest mysteries of science.

Why the Toast Always Lands Butter Side Down
by Richard Robinson
ISBN: 9781845291242
Price: SGD20.00 (w/o GST)
Philosophy - Paperback, 288pp
Constable & Robinson

The real, scientific reasons why everything ALWAYS goes wrong The frustrating component of life known as Murphy’s (orSod’s) Law is no respecter of persons. The more you aredesperate for things to go right, the more they go wrong. But, is that really the case, and, if so, is there a rational explanation? So: when you drop the toast how do you know it will landbutter-side down?

What's Wrong with Eating People?
33 Perplexing Philosophy
Puzzles
by Peter Cave
ISBN: 9781851685813
Price: SGD30.00 (w/o GST)
Philosophy - Paperback
Oneworld Publications

From encounters with bears (ethical dilemmas) to talking turkeys (the problem of induction), Cave storms through philosophy’s classic conundrums with rapier wit and wisdom. Illustrated with quirky cartoons throughout, What's Wrong With Eating People? leaves no stone unturned, covering a smorgasbord of topics including logic, ethics, art and politics. It will provide a perfect gift for anyone who puzzles about the world!

The Undercover Philosopher
A Guid
e to Detecting Shams, Lies, and Delusions
by Michael Philips
ISBN: 9781851685813
Price: SGD30.00 (w/o GST)
Philosophy - Paperback
Oneworld Publications

What caused the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986? Why were thousands of parents wrongly accused of child sex abuse in the 1990s? Why do law courts throughout the world rely on a process that is next to useless? And why do people entrust millions of dollars each year to hedge-funds that economists agree use flawed financial models?

The answer is failure. Not just any failure; but failure of knowledge. In this gripping and controversial book, Michael Phillips outlines all the reasons we don’t know what we think we do, and the devastating consequences this can have. From false memories to fraudulent experts, Phillips treads in the footsteps of Descartes to reveal why we must be more careful in what we believe and how we think. Spanning psychology, philosophy, science, and sociology, this unique exploration of why we get things wrong, and how to guard against it, is an essential read for anyone seeking to make sense of the chaotic world in which we live.

Can a Robot be Human?
by Peter Cave
ISBN: 9781851685318
Price: SGD24.00 (w/o GST)
Philosophy - Paperback, 192pp
Oneworld Publications

In this book of puzzles and paradoxes, Peter Cave introduces some of life's most important questions with tales and tall stories, reasons and arguments, common sense and bizarre conclusions. From how to get to heaven, to speedy tortoises, paradoxes and puzzles give rise to some of the most exciting problems in philosophy - from logic to ethics and from art to politics. Illustrated with quirky cartoons throughout, "Can a Robot be human" takes the reader on a taster tour of the most interesting and delightful parts of philosophy. This title is for everyone who puzzles about the world.

The Duck That Won The Lottery
by Julian Baggini
ISBN: 9781847080875
Price: SGD27.00 (w/o GST)
Philosophy - Paperback, 224 pp
Granta Books

This companion volume to "The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten" provides another rapid-fire selection of short, stimulating and entertaining capsules of philosophy. This time the focus is on the bad argumentative moves people use all the time, in politics, the media and everyday life. Each entry will be around 700 words and will take as its starting point an example of questionable reasoning from the media or literature. As with "The Pig", the aim is to give readers something to chew on and work through for themselves.

The Pig That Wants to be Eaten
by Julian Baggini
ISBN: 9781862078550
Price: SGD23.00 (w/o GST)
Philosophy - Paperback
Granta Books

Julian Baggini presents 100 thought experiments: short scenarios which pose a problem in a vivid and concrete way, and invites the reader to think about possible answers for him/herself. Experiments cover identity, religion, art, ethics, language, knowledge and many more. From "Zeno's Paradox" to "Groundhog Day" (how do you make sense of a life of eternal recurrence?), via "The Pig that Wants to be Eaten" (so should you eat him?), "Plato's Cave", "Minority Report" (is it right to punish people for what they are going to do, but haven't yet done?), and an "American Werewolf in London" (how can we tell whether we are awake or dreaming?), this book makes philosophy not only mind-stretching but also entertaining.

The Book of Dead Phlosophers
by Simon Critchley
ISBN: 9781847080103
Price: SGD48.00 (w/o GST)
Philosophy - Hardback
Granta Books

From the self-mocking haikus of Zen masters on their deathbeds to the last words of Christian saints and modern-day sages, The Book of Dead Philosophers will inspire both amusement and reflection. As Critchley brilliantly demonstrates, looking closely at what great thinkers have said about death turns out to be a life-affirming enquiry into the meaning and possibility of human happiness. In learning how to die, we learn how to live.

What's It All About ?
by Julian Baggini
ISBN: 9781862077805
Price: SGD24.00 (w/o GST)
Philosophy - Paperback
Granta Books

Looking for a clear guide to what contemporary philosophy has to say about the meaning of life?
Baggini takes us through all the plausible answers, weaving together Kierkegaard, John Stuart Mill, Monty Python and Funkadelic in an entertaining but always carefully reasoned discussion of the possible ways of finding - or not finding - life's meaning

Do You Think What You Think You Think?
by Julian Baggini/ Jeremy Stangroom
ISBN: 9781862079168
Price: SGD23.00 (w/o GST)
Philosophy - Paperback, 192pp
Granta Books

Is your brain ready for a thorough philosophical health check? Really, it won't hurt a bit...Is what you believe coherent and consistent? Or is it a jumble of contradictions? If you could design yourself a God, what would He (or She, or It) be like? Can you spot the logical flaw in an argument (even if it's hiding from you)? And how will you fare on the tricky terrain of ethics when your taboos are under the spotlight? If all this causes your brain to overheat, there is a philosophy general knowledge quiz to round off with. "Do You Think What You Think You Think?" presents a dozen quizzes that will reveal what you really think and what it all adds up to (brace yourself: it might not add up to what you expected). Challenging, fun, infuriating - sometimes all at once - this book will enable you to discover the you you never knew you were. Think of it as an MOT for your mind.

Ten Thoughts About Time (New Edition)
by Bodil Jonsson
ISBN: 9781845290504
Price: SGD19.00 (w/o GST)
Philosophy - Paperback
Constable & Robinson

Learn to look time in the face - and smile
Ever since the equation Time = Money came into use, Western society has bought the notion of ‘saving time’ and, by implication, money. Living in a world ruled by the clock, and living longer, with a host of technological advances designed to help us, we still often end up running harder to stay in the same place – and running out of time. Bodil J├Ânsson shows how the arrival of measured, accurate timekeeping became first our tool then our master. Neither pure philosophy, still less physics or a business text on time management, her inspiring book has elements of all three. With brevity, humour and insight, she encourages a new and positive relationship with time, to make it not our traditional enemy but our friend.


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