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Blackburn, Simon 1944-

Works: 104 works in 534 publications in 13 languages and 22,958 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Introductions  Miscellanea  Controversial literature  Popular works  History  Comparative studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other
Classifications: B41, 103
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The Oxford dictionary of philosophy by Simon Blackburn( Book )

88 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 5,438 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
Truth : a guide by Simon Blackburn( Book )

47 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 2,795 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
Think : a compelling introduction to philosophy by Simon Blackburn( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 2,219 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."
Lust by Simon Blackburn( Book )

30 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 2,083 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 )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 1,834 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 )

28 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plato is perhaps the most significant philosopher who has ever lived and The Republic, composed in Athens in about 375 BC, 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. Blackburn points out, it has probably sustained more commentary, and been subject to more radical and impassioned disagreement, than almost any other of the great founding texts of the modern world. In Plato's Republic, Blackburn explains the judicial, moral and political ideas in the Republic with dazzling insight and clarity. Blackburn also examines Republic's remarkable influence and unquestioned staying power, and shows why, from St. Augustine to twentieth century philosophers such as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Henri Bergson, Western thought is still conditioned by this most important, and contemporary, of books
Ethics a very short introduction by Simon Blackburn( )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and Danish and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This introduction to ethics 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
Ruling passions a theory of practical reasoning by Simon Blackburn( )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,208 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 )

25 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 838 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 )

18 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meaning, reference, and necessity : new studies in semantics by Simon Blackburn( Book )

14 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Being good : a short introduction to ethics by Simon Blackburn( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 466 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
Mirror, mirror : the uses and abuses of self-love by Simon Blackburn( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 407 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 )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 284 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.--Source inconnue
Expressivism, pragmatism and representationalism by Huw Price( Book )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 208 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"--
Philosophy by Simon Blackburn( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 166 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
Plato's Republic by Simon Blackburn( Recording )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 144 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 )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue"--Preface
Physics by Michael Brooks( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays rond de centrale thema's van de theoretische natuurkunde van de 20e eeuw met de daarbij gebruikte experimenten
Gut sein : eine kurze Einführung in die Ethik by Simon Blackburn( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in German and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hauptbeschreibung Wenn Gott tot ist, ist dann alles erlaubt? Sind wir am Ende nicht doch nur durch unsere Gene determiniert? Es gibt so viele Vorstellungen von Ethik, wie es Kulturen gibt - ist damit nicht alles relativ? Werden die Menschen nicht durch die Moral überfordert? Simon Blackburn stellt sich in seiner Einführung zunächst den häufigsten Einwänden, mit denen sich die Ethik konfrontiert sieht. Er überlegt dann, welches die existentiellen Bedingungen des menschlichen Lebens sind, die die Frage nach der Moral stellen: Geburt, Tod, Freiheit, das größtmögliche Glück der größ
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Alternative Names
Blackburn, S.

Blackburn, Simon W. 1944-

Blackburn, Simon Walter 1944-

Blekbērns, Saimons 1944-

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Truth : a guideThink : a compelling introduction to philosophyLustBeing good : an introduction to ethicsPlato's Republic : a biographyEthics a very short introductionRuling passions a theory of practical reasoningSpreading the word : groundings in the philosophy of language