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Blackburn, Simon. THINK: A COMPELLING INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1999. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 312 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length account on subject. One of the best introductory books on philosophy ever written in our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. A surprise bestseller, it remains in multiple subsequent printings to this day. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Simon Blackburn's "Think". "Sensing that many people are daunted by the big questions in philosophy, Professor Blackburn supplies this primer. Its capital weapon is logic. But Blackburn shrewdly postpones discussing that until he explores such areas as the self, free will, the reality of sensory perception, and God. Doubt, either initially or continually, infuses anyone who reflects on those spheres, and Blackburn illustrates ways to begin thinking about them by using the example of Descartes. Descartes gave yes answers to the question of whether the four spheres exist or not, through a logical process with which, after Blackburn has mapped it out, one can agree or not. One spoil sport was eighteenth-century philosopher David Hume, and Blackburn deploys further disputations of Descartes' beliefs, as in mind-body dualism. Blackburn does, however, subscribe to a species of free will, which he describes as 'revised compatibilism'. Finding out its definition is sufficient reason to consult Blackburn's book, written with exemplary concision and with conviction that philosophy needn't be an ethereal subject, alienated from practical concerns" (Gilbert Taylor). An absolute "must-have" title for Simon Blackburn and philosophy book collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Hardcover Ediiton/First Printing (complete number line ending in 1) available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: All other copies available online are subsequent printings. A rare copy thus. One of the best introductions to its complex and often abstruse subject by a leading contemporary philosopher. A fine copy. . ISBN 0192100246. $90.00

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