Philosophy on Tap: Pint-Sized Puzzles for the Pub Philosopher

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 1, 2011 - Philosophy - 264 pages
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When beer starts to flow, philosophical discussions naturally follow. Philosophy on Tap takes pub philosophy to the next level, pairing 48 of life's greatest philosophical questions with 48 of the world's best beers.
  • Features a unique presentation of philosophical puzzles, paradoxes, and debates by considering 48 of life's biggest questions in the context of 48 distinctive beers from around the world
  • Provides a highly engaging and sociable approach to the classic philosophical problems as well as a unique look at the conundrums that directly affect the beer drinker
  • Combines a philosopher's insights with thematic humor and trivia to explore issues such as free will, God's existence, the nature of the soul, time travel, the aesthetics of taste, the role of beer in the good life, and the infamous "beer goggles" paradox
  • For beer drinkers who enjoy philosophy, philosophers who enjoy beer, and anyone who has ever pondered the meaning of life over a pint of ale

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This book is very well presented, and includes lots of clever ideas. It's not stuffy or confusing like many books which call themselves (or are called) 'philosophy'. Instead, it is designed for people who enjoy beer and thinking - both at the same time, if they can manage it.


Zenos Hand to Mouth Paradox
The Beer Goggles Paradox
The Experience Machine
The Omnipotence Dilemma
What Mary Didnt Know About Lager
The Buddhas Missing Self
Paleys Cask
Socrates Virtue
Nature Calls
Nietzsches Eternal Recurrence
The Most Interesting Man and the Firing Line
Turings Tasting Machine
Singers Pond
The Wisest One of
Enter the Matrix

Mills Drunkard
The Problem of Moral Truth
How to Sew on a Soul
Platos Forms
Realizing Nirvana
The Problem of Evil
Times Conundrum
Time Travel Paradoxes
Hitlers Hefeweizen
The Zen K
A Case of Bad Faith
Cask and Cleaver
Flirting with Disaster
Fear of Zombies
Lao Tzus Empty
Beer and the Meaning of Life
The Case for Temperance
Glossary of Beer and Philosophical Terms

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Matt Lawrence is Professor of Philosophy at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California. He is the author of Like a Splinter in Your Mind: The Philosophy Behind the Matrix Trilogy (Blackwell, 2004).

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