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Blackburn, Simon 1944-

Works: 86 works in 642 publications in 15 languages and 27,541 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Miscellanea  Introductions 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other
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Most widely held works by Simon Blackburn
The Oxford dictionary of philosophy by Simon Blackburn( Book )

106 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 3,648 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 )

38 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 2,395 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."
Being good : an introduction to ethics by Simon Blackburn( Book )

34 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1,511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simon Blackburn, author of the best-selling Think, structures this short introduction around these and other threats to ethics. Confronting seven different objections to our self-image as moral, well-behaved creatures, he charts a course through the philosophical quicksands that often engulf us. Then, turning to problems of life and death, he shows how we should think about the meaning of life, and how we should mistrust the soundbite-sized absolutes that often dominate moral debates. Finally he offers a critical tour of the ways the philosophical tradition has tried to provide foundations for ethics, from Plato and Aristotle through to contemporary debates
Plato's Republic : a biography by Simon Blackburn( Book )

48 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,334 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
Lust by Simon Blackburn( Book )

25 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Lust, says Simon Blackburn, is furtive, headlong, always sizing up opportunities. It is a trail of clothing in the hallway, the trashy cousin of love. But be that as it may, the aim of this delightful book is to rescue lust "from the denunciations of old men of the deserts, to deliver it from the pallid and envious confessor and the stocks and pillories of the Puritans, to drag it from the category of sin to that of virtue." Blackburn, author of such popular philosophy books as Think and Being Good, here offers a sharp-edged probe into the heart of lust, blending together insight from some of the world's greatest thinkers on sex, human nature, and our common cultural foibles. Blackburn takes a wide ranging, historical approach, discussing lust as viewed by Aristophanes and Plato, lust in the light of the Stoic mistrust of emotion, and the Christian fear of the flesh that catapulted lust to the level of deadly sin. He describes how philosophical pessimists like Schopenhauer and Sartre contributed to our thinking about lust and explores the false starts in understanding lust represented by Freud, Kinsey, and modern "evolutionary psychology." But most important, Blackburn reminds us that lust is also life-affirming, invigorating, fun. He points to the work of David Hume (Blackburn's favorite philosopher) who saw lust not only as a sensual delight but also "a joy of the mind." Written by one of the most eminent living philosophers, attractively illustrated and colourfully packaged, Lust is a book that anyone would lust over
Truth : a guide by Simon Blackburn( Book )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,021 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
Spreading the word : groundings in the philosophy of language by Simon Blackburn( Book )

32 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 850 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 )

29 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 676 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 )

19 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in English and held by 620 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 )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 604 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 )

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

Truth by Simon Blackburn( Book )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2017 in English and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of an uneasy detente, the persistence of one man's awkward rapport with fate, The Truth is about giving up on the idea of trying to resolve your problems. About laughing at them because they're going to be funny to someone, someday, anyway. About finding the thread that connects everything - and pulling it, once and for all. About when savouring the truth, as unpleasant as it may be, is the only thing that gets you through the night. Maybe. Or, maybe not ..."--Jacket
Essays in quasi-realism by Simon Blackburn( Book )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 510 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 )

18 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 475 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 )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 232 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
Truth : a guide for the perplexed by Simon Blackburn( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deals with truth, and the enemies of truth, and the wars that are fought between them. This guide looks at relativism and absolutism, toleration and belief, objectivity and knowledge, science and pseudo-science, and the moral and political implications, as well as the nuances, of all these
Expressivism, pragmatism and representationalism by Huw Price( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 188 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 )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 167 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
Philosophy by Simon Blackburn( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Big Questions series is designed to let renowned experts confront the 20 most fundamental and frequently asked questions of a major branch of science or philosophy. Each 3000-word essay simply and concisely examines a question that has eternally perplexed enquiring minds, and provides answers from history's great thinkers
Is there life on Mars? : the 20 big universe questions by Stuart Clark( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book will help you start to answer 20 of the most perplexing and fascinating questions about the universe, such as: Why do the planets stay in orbit? Was Einstein right? What is dark matter? Are we made from stardust? Is there cosmological evidence for God? Distilling the wisdom and research of scientists operating at the cutting edge of their field, Stuart Clark's book is a stimulating and challenging guide to the wonders of the universe
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Think : a compelling introduction to philosophy
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Think : a compelling introduction to philosophyBeing good : an introduction to ethicsPlato's Republic : a biographyLustTruth : a guideSpreading the word : groundings in the philosophy of languageRuling passions : a theory of practical reasoningReason and prediction