Heads Up Philosophy by DK


The second one installment in DK's new Heads Up sequence, Heads Up Philosophy addresses the problems and theories which are such a lot interesting and proper to the curious minds of adolescents — creating a tough subject more uncomplicated to understand. Questions similar to "What is knowledge?" "What is reality?" "What is the mind?" and "What's correct and wrong?" are all addressed, delivering large rules, easily defined. Written and designed in particular for the teenager industry, Heads Up Philosophy combines difficult yet transparent textual content with cool photograph illustrations that make clear and clarify theories and arguments.

Biography spreads hide the well-known fees of serious philosophers together with Socrates, Aristotle, Friedrich Nietzsche, Epicurus, Plato, and Thomas Aquinas, whereas significant theories and debates together with epistemology, metaphysics, and ideologies also are defined. Heads Up Philosophy additionally comprises case learn panels, diagrams, and genuine global spreads to teach how philosophical theories relate to daily life.

Making a tough topic extra approachable, Heads Up Philosophy is designed to impress, entertain, and stimulate younger minds.

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We might not realize it, but we all hold a great many philosophical beliefs. These, of course, include moral beliefs: Many believe the universe was created by God, and that there is some form of life after death. Others believe the opposite. Often, we acquire our beliefs from our cultures, communities, and traditions. But these beliefs can change. Not so long ago, most Westerners thought it was morally acceptable to own slaves, and to prevent women from voting. Now, we know better. It is the role of the philosopher to try to establish whether or not such beliefs are true.

For example, he thought it was impossible to justify our belief that the sun will rise tomorrow, on the basis that it has always risen in the past. But he accepted that we cannot help but believe the sun will rise. Hume also reasoned that we should “proportion our beliefs to the evidence,” believing when there is good evidence to support what we believe, and doubting when there is not. The evidence for miracles, for instance, is poor, and any claim that a miracle has occurred, contrary to the laws of nature, is unlikely to be true.

Don’t trust your SENSES We think we know a lot of things. But maybe it isn’t that simple—we could mistakenly believe something that turns out not to be true, or accept as fact something somebody has told us, without checking whether there’s any reason to believe it. The question is, when do we really know something? Belief or knowledge? We often use the word belief when talking about religious faith: Members of a religion believe in a god or gods, and believe what is written in their holy scriptures.

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