The Inescapable Self: An Introduction to Western Philosophy Since Descartes

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005 - Philosophy - 335 pages
How can we be sure of a world outside of our own consciousness? Using this fundamental question as a launching point, Dr. Timothy Chappell takes his readers through a wide-ranging overview of the major themes of Western philosophical thought. Drawing on examples ranging from the great philosophical works of the past to modern pop-culture phenomena like The Matrix, Dr. Chappell provides a stimulating introduction to the issues that have consumed Western philosophers for millennia. Presenting complex arguments in accessible terms, this is the perfect guidebook for the first-year college student, or for anyone intrigued by the mysteries of human existence.

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Can we be certain of the existence of other people and the outside world? Chappell (philosophy, Univ. of Dundee, Scotland) addresses this question by analyzing what he calls the "problem of the ... Read full review

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Dr Timothy Chappell (MA, Classics and Philosophy, Oxford 1988, PhD Edinburgh 1992) was a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford, and a College Lecturer at Merton College, Oxford, from 1992 to 1995. Since then he has held tenured posts at a series of Universities ever closer to the winter climbing on Ben Nevis - UEA, Manchester, and (since 1998) Dundee. Since 2000 he has been Treasurer of the Mind Association; since 2002 he has been Reviews Editor of The Philosophical Quarterly. In 2001-2 he held an AHRB research fellowship, and was a Visiting Fellow in the School of Latin, Greek and Ancient History in St Andrews. In January to May 2003 he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

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