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Blackburn, Simon 1944-

Works: 99 works in 703 publications in 17 languages and 28,626 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Introductions  Miscellanea 
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 )

112 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 5,544 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
Lust by Simon Blackburn( )

27 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 2,642 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
Being good : an introduction to ethics by Simon Blackburn( Book )

33 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 2,606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is not only in our dark hours that scepticism, relativism, hypocrisy, and nihilism dog ethics. Whether it is a matter of giving to charity, or sticking to duty, or insisting on our rights, we can be confused, or be paralysed by the fear that our principles are groundless. Simon Blackburn 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 sound-bite 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"--Publisher
Think : a compelling introduction to philosophy by Simon Blackburn( Book )

43 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 2,416 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."
Essays in quasi-realism by Simon Blackburn( )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,971 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 we say 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 difficulty of conducting these debates. Typically philosophers thinking of themselves as realists will believe that they alone can give a proper or literal account of some of our attachments--to truth, to facts, to the independent world, to knowledge and certainty. The quasi-realist challenge, developed by Blackburn in this volume, is that we can have those attachments without any metaphysic that deserves to be called realism, so that the metaphysical picture that goes with our practices is quite idle. The cases treated here include the theories of value and knowledge, modality, probability, causation, intentionality and rule-following, and explanation
Ethics : a very short introduction by Simon Blackburn( )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,728 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
Truth : a guide by Simon Blackburn( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,466 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
Plato's Republic : a biography by Simon Blackburn( Book )

48 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 1,352 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
Truth : a guide for the perplexed by Simon Blackburn( )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 1,295 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
Ruling passions : a theory of practical reasoning by Simon Blackburn( )

30 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,251 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
Spreading the word : groundings in the philosophy of language by Simon Blackburn( Book )

36 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 860 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
Reason and prediction by Simon Blackburn( Book )

21 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
Truth by Simon Blackburn( Book )

32 editions published between 1999 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 597 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
Meaning, reference, and necessity : new studies in semantics by Simon Blackburn( Book )

15 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mirror, mirror : the uses and abuses of self-love by Simon Blackburn( Book )

20 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 506 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 346 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
On truth by Simon Blackburn( Book )

7 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This concise book by the eminent philosopher Simon Blackburn provides an accessible explanation of what truth is and how we might think about it. Blackburn's overall message is that truth is often best thought of not as a product or an end point that is 'finally' achieved, but as an ongoing process of inquiry
Expressivism, pragmatism and representationalism by Huw Price( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 271 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"--
Mirror : the uses and abuses of self-love by Simon Blackburn( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everyone deplores narcissism, especially in others. The vain are by turns annoying or absurd, offending us whether they are blissfully oblivious or proudly aware of their behavior. But are narcissism and vanity really as bad as they seem? Can we avoid them even if we try? In Mirror, Mirror, Simon Blackburn, the author of such best-selling philosophy books as Think, Being Good, and Lust, says that narcissism, vanity, pride, and self-esteem are more complex than they first appear and have innumerable good and bad forms. Drawing on philosophy, psychology, literature
Philosophy by Simon Blackburn( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 203 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
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LustBeing good : an introduction to ethicsThink : a compelling introduction to philosophyEssays in quasi-realismEthics : a very short introductionTruth : a guidePlato's Republic : a biographyTruth : a guide for the perplexed
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Blackburn, S.

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