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What don't you know ? : philosophical provocations.

LaBossiere, Mike.

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ISBN 10: 0826499848 / ISBN 13: 9780826499844
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London & New York : Continuum, 2008. Paperback.vii, 198 p. ; 21 cm. Condition : very good copy. ISBN 9780826499844[KEYWORDS: PHILOSOPHY*. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 239413

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"LaBossiere brilliantly tackles many of the toughest ethical dilemmas of our times, from gender selection, cloning and sexual inequality to violence in the media and the conduct of warfare. In an age of snap judgments and stereotypes, he approaches his topics in a refreshingly open-minded fashion. His quick wit and firm knowledge of contemporary culture bring philosophy full-force into the 21st century." -Paul Halpern, Professor Of Physics, University Of The Sciences in Philadelphia and author of What's Science Ever Done for Us?

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Philosophy, as I see it, is not about believing certain tenets or accepting certain dogmas. Philosophy is about asking questions, seeking answers and entertaining doubt. Critical to that endeavor is a willingness to be rationally provoked by different ideas and to see where they might lead-assuming they turn out to be worth following. If you find that you disagree with me, so much the better. The search for truth and wisdom benefits most from dissent. It is uncritical agreement that derails this search and leaves people stuck in the dark. Of course, if you do agree with me on some points, that is cool, too.

In this stimulating book, Michael C. LaBossiere takes a provocative look at issues in contemporary politics, culture and society through the lens of philosophy. Collected from LaBossiere's regular column in The Philosopher's Magazine, this fascinating set of philosophical provocations assumes no background in philosophy and focuses on matters that are of popular interest to the general public, yet are also philosophically significant. Topics range across a whole host of controversial issues that are of genuine interest to the reader, including same sex marriage, video games, gene therapy, true love, chance, torture, gender, god, the media, and freedom.

About the Author:

Michael C. LaBossiere is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, USA. His 'Philosophical Provocations' column appears regularly in The Philosopher's Magazine and on the magazine's website.

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