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Blackburn, Simon 1944-

Works: 63 works in 607 publications in 15 languages and 26,721 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Juvenile works  Board books  Picture dictionaries  Controversial literature  Study guides  Picture books  Introductions  Periodicals  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other
Classifications: B41, 103
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Most widely held works by Simon Blackburn
The Oxford dictionary of philosophy by Simon Blackburn( Book )

101 editions published between 1979 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 3,711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Up-to-date dictionary of philosophy with 2,500 entries covering the entire span of the subject and nearly 500 biographical entries
Think : a compelling introduction to philosophy by Simon Blackburn( Book )

35 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Simon Blackburn begins by putting forward a convincing case for the study of philosophy and goes on to give the reader a sense of how the great historical figures such as Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Wittgenstein have approached its central themes."
Truth : a guide by Simon Blackburn( Book )

62 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blackburn is an eminent thinker who is able to explain philosophy to the general reader. Now he offers an exploration of what he calls "the most exciting and engaging issue in the whole of philosophy"--The age-old war over truth. The front lines are well defined: on one side are those who believe in plain facts, rock-solid truths that can be found through reason and objectivity--that science leads to truth, for instance. Their opponents see the dark forces of language, culture, power, gender, class, ideology and desire--all subverting our perceptions of the world, and clouding our judgment with false notions of absolutes. Beginning with an early skirmish--when Socrates confronted the sophists in ancient Athens--Blackburn offers a penetrating look at the longstanding battle. Among the questions he considers are: is science mere opinion, can historians understand another historical period, and indeed can one culture ever truly understand another.--From publisher description
Being good : an introduction to ethics by Simon Blackburn( Book )

52 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents seven threats to ethics, including relativism, egoism, and evolutionary theory, and draws upon ancient and modern debates and philosophical tenets to show how to keep ethics alive and vital
Plato's Republic : a biography by Simon Blackburn( Book )

43 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato is perhaps the most significant philosopher who has ever lived and The Republic, composed in Athens in about 375BC, is widely regarded as his most famous dialogue. Its discussion of the perfect city - and the perfect mind - laid the foundations for Western culture and, for over two thousand years, has been the cornerstone of Western philosophy. In this book, Simon Blackburn explains the judicial, moral and political ideas in the Republic and examines its influence on the modern world. He shows why, from St Augustine to twentieth-century philosophers such as Whitehead and Bergson, Western
Spreading the word : groundings in the philosophy of language by Simon Blackburn( Book )

31 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to many central aspects of the philosophy of language, among them representation, rule following, convention, intention and thought, realism, and particularly the substantial issues in the philosophy of truth and reference
Ruling passions : a theory of practical reasoning by Simon Blackburn( Book )

27 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in a trenchant style, Ruling Passions propounds an original philosophy of human motivation and morality. It uses game theory and cognitive science to illuminate ethics and exposes the pretensions of rival theories
Reason and prediction by Simon Blackburn( Book )

18 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in English and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An original study of the philosophical problems associated with inductive reasoning. Like most of the main questions in epistemology, the classical problem of induction arises from doubts about a mode of inference used to justify some of our most familiar and pervasive beliefs
Ethics : a very short introduction by Simon Blackburn( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Our self-image as moral, well-behaved creatures is dogged by scepticism, relativism, hypocrisy, and nihilism, by the fear that in a Godless world science has unmasked us as creatures fated by our genes to be selfish and tribalistic, or competitive and aggressive. In this clear introduction to ethics Simon Blackburn tackles the major moral questions surrounding birth, death, happiness, desire and freedom, showing us how we should think about the meaning of life, and how we should mistrust the soundbite-sized absolutes that often dominate moral debates."--Front flap
Meaning, reference, and necessity : new studies in semantics by Simon Blackburn( Book )

18 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays in quasi-realism by Simon Blackburn( Book )

19 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume collects some influential essays in which Simon Blackburn, one of our leading philosophers, explores one of the most profound and fertile of philosophical problems: the way in which our judgments relate to the world. This debate has centered on realism, or the view that what wesay is validated by the way things stand in the world, and a variety of oppositions to it. Prominent among the latter are expressive and projective theories, but also a relaxed pluralism that discourages the view that there are substantial issues at stake. The figure of the ""quasi-realist""dramatizes the
Mirror, mirror : the uses and abuses of self-love by Simon Blackburn( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on philosophy, psychology, literature, history, and popular culture, this book looks at the good and bad aspects of vanity and self-love, from the myth of Narcissus and the Christian story of the Fall to today's self-esteem industry
Practical tortoise raising : and other philosophical essays by Simon Blackburn( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simon Blackburn presents a selection of his philosophical essays from 1995 to 2010. He offers engaging and illuminating discussions of a wide range of topics, including moral philosophy, the theory of meaning, pragmatism, and the theory of reason and reasoning
Expressivism, pragmatism and representationalism by Huw Price( Book )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pragmatists have traditionally been enemies of representationalism but friends of naturalism, when naturalism is understood to pertain to human subjects, in the sense of Hume and Nietzsche. In this volume Huw Price presents his distinctive version of this traditional combination, as delivered in his Rene; Descartes Lectures at Tilburg University in 2008. Price contrasts his view with other contemporary forms of philosophical naturalism, comparing it with other pragmatist and neo-pragmatist views such as those of Robert Brandom and Simon Blackburn. Linking their different 'expressivist' programmes, Price argues for a radical global expressivism that combines key elements from both. With Paul Horwich and Michael Williams, Brandom and Blackburn respond to Price in new essays. Price replies in the closing essay, emphasising links between his views and those of Wilfrid Sellars. The volume will be of great interest to advanced students of philosophy of language and metaphysics"--
Plato's Republic by Simon Blackburn( Recording )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simon Blackburn takes a candid look at the work of Plato, arguably the most influential philosopher in history. Focusing on Plato's magnum opus, The Republic, Blackburn explains how its stance on several political and social issues still influences and shapes contemporary society
Why I am not a Christian : and other essays on religion and related subjects by Bertrand Russell( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue"--Preface
Hume by Simon Blackburn( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a new approach to Hume's writings, the author describes how Hume can be placed as one of the earliest and most successful evolutionary psychologists
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Think : a compelling introduction to philosophy
Alternative Names
Blackburn, S.

Blackburn, Simon

Blackburn, Simon W. 1944-

Blackburn, Simon Walter 1944-

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Think : a compelling introduction to philosophyTruth : a guideBeing good : an introduction to ethicsPlato's Republic : a biographySpreading the word : groundings in the philosophy of languageRuling passions : a theory of practical reasoningReason and predictionEthics : a very short introduction