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By Roger Scruton

"Philosophy's the 'love of wisdom', may be approached in methods: by means of doing it, or by means of learning the way it has been done," so writes the eminent thinker Roger Scruton. during this easy booklet, he chooses to introduce philosophy by means of doing it. Taking the self-discipline past conception and "intellectualism," he offers it in an empirical, available, and useful gentle. the result's now not a background of the sector yet a vibrant, full of life, and private account to steer the reader making his or her personal enterprise into philosophy. Addressing various topics from freedom, God, truth, and morality, to intercourse, tune, and background, Scruton argues philosophy's relevance not only to highbrow questions, yet to modern lifestyles.

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This is the task of criticism. In seeking ultimate explanations, and durable meanings, philosophy is engaged in constructive tasks. It is explaining the world, and telling us how philosophy also has a negative task, which criticize human thinking, to ask But analyse and to live in is to awkward it. ' Two branches of the subject - epistemology (the theory of knowledge) and logic - have grown in answer to these questions, and they will guide us through the next two but necessary, brief, chapters.

It is as though the world were divided in two: the closed, illuminated world of the self; and the undiscovered country which lies in darkness all around. ^jjThis picture has played a central role in modern philosophy, but took on a 'modernist' character after Kant, becoming the central icon in a new religion - the religion of 'German classical philosophy', as it is called, for which 'German romantic philosophy' would be a more fitting name. G. Fichte (1762-1814), though his immediate followers, Schelling and Hegel, were 44 "^ An Intelligent Person's Guide quick to take the credit.

M ^Surprising though it may seem, the dispute that I have between the correspondence and the coherence theories of truth, continues unabated. > Although expressed in different terms, it remains a real force in intellectual life, even among, perhaps especially among, those who do not really engage in it. The French writer Michel Foucault has invented a new way of doing history, just sketched, x jf Truth 33 based on the assumption that the truth of a thought is conferred by the system of ruling ideas.

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