Philosophy and Ethics

New Edition

If you are buying a new copy, please be aware that Philosophy for Life is a new and much revised edition of this book. There are plenty of copies of this edition available, however, and it remains a useful introduction to the subject. To see the new edition, click here.

Understand Philosophy


This book aims:

It is written for the general reader, for students at A level, and for those who may be considering, or starting on, a course in Philosophy at university level. It assumes no prior knowledge of the subject.

320 pages packed with what you need to get started in philosophy!

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Flash edition...

Please be aware that Philosophy Made Simple (like all Flash editions) contains no new material. It simply presents some of the core text from Understand Philosophy, with many sections and examples removed.

The Kindle version of this is currently being offered by Amazon in the UK for only £1.99!

When is the same book not the same book?

Earlier editions of Understand Philosophy were published as Teach Yourself Philosophy. The book remains substantially the same, but new features have been added and the text has been revised.

320 pages

25th edition, 2010

Teach Yourself (Hodder)

ISBN: 978-1-444-10499-8

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1. The Theory of Knowledge

2. The Philosophy of Science

3. Language and Logic

4. The Philosophy of Mind

5. The Philosophy of Religion

6. Ethics

7. Political Philosophy

8. Continental Philosophy

9. Some Other Branches of Philosophy

10. The Scope of Philosophy Today

Taking it Further


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