You Kant Make It Up! Strange Ideas from History's Great Philosophers

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-01
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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Drawing on the writings of the great philosophers, You Kant Make it Up sends the reader on thrilling, non-stop tour of their most outrageous and counter-intuitive conclusions. Harry Potter is real. Matter doesn¿t exist. Dan Brown is better than Shakespeare. All these statements stem from philosophy¿s greatest minds, from Plato to Nietzsche. What were they thinking? Overflowing with compelling arguments for the downright strange - many of which are hugely influential today - popular philosopher Gary Hayden shows that just because something is odd, doesn¿t mean that someone hasn¿t argued for it. Spanning ethics, logic, politics, sex and religion, this unconventional introduction to philosophy will challenge your assumptions, expand your horizons, infuriate, entertain and amuse you.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Not bad Just misguidedp. 1
Couldn't be betterp. 5
Couldn't be worsep. 9
Selfish motivesp. 13
Nothing changesp. 18
Nothing stays the samep. 23
Total perfectionp. 28
The real worldp. 34
Oranges aren't orangep. 41
Cosmic comeuppancep. 45
It's all in the numbersp. 50
Dan Brown vs. Shakespearep. 58
Burn, baby, burnp. 60
Again, and again, and again...p. 66
All in the mindp. 71
Now I rememberp. 77
Gambling on Godp. 81
The ghost in the machinep. 86
How did that happen?p. 90
Leibniz's fantastic fairytalep. 95
Ouch! I feel goodp. 101
You can't predict the futurep. 106
An end to sufferingp. 111
The weaker sex?p. 116
Selfishness is a virtuep. 121
One hand clappingp. 127
Thou shalt killp. 133
The brain in the jarp. 137
Harry Potter existsp. 141
No one's to blamep. 145
Duty calls!p. 149
Mind your behaviourp. 154
Body-swappingp. 159
Cannibal conundrumsp. 163
Philosophy? Nonsense!p. 168
World 3p. 172
Nothing to discussp. 177
R.I.P. Godp. 182
The ultimate vicep. 187
Rules... rules... rules...p. 192
Absurd, but truep. 197
Scientifically unprovenp. 202
The unexamined lifep. 208
Further readingp. 212
Indexp. 229
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