Most are under 200 pages long. He is widely considered the pivotal figure in the development of Western philosophy. The content of most of the book is standard -- it is an intro to the liberal humanistic political phil canon. Along the way, the basics of formal logic are explained in simple, non-technical terms, showing that logic is a powerful and exciting part of modern philosophy. : a very short introduction to philosophy, Thomas Nagel In this cogent and accessible introduction to philosophy, the distinguished author of Mortal Questions and The View From Nowhere sets forth the central problems of philosophical inquiry for the beginning student. Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction by Samir Okasha “Philosophy of Science " is the introductory study of the scientific branch of knowledge. Plato: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #79), Julia Annas Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Very Short Introductions (VSI) is a book series published by the Oxford University Press (OUP). How do we know? But, this is intro is usually elegant! Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #55), Edward Craig How ought we to live? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. This Very Short Introduction introduces readers to the key concepts of political philosophy: authority, democracy, freedom and its limits, justice, feminism, multiculturalism, and nationality. This book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, and the self, via readings from Plato, Hume, Descartes, Hegel, Darwin, and Buddhist writers. The introduction has a memorable summary of the goals of political philosophy and defense of the discipline. What does it all mean? Part of a series by Oxford University Press, this book, 'Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction', follows the same format as other texts in the Very Short Introduction series -- it has fewer than 150 pages, is well indexed, accessible and interesting narrative, and captures the essence in a very short space the major points of its topic. If you are curious about how the methods of science work at a basic level this is the book for you. The author has also written another Very Short Introduction book, to Ancient Philosophy, another very readable and interesting brief book. While authors may present personal viewpoints, the books are meant to be "balanced and complete" as well as thought provoking. The books are concise introductions to particular subjects, intended for a general audience but written by experts. This book introduces Plato; the man, his life, his ideas and his legacy to us, notably in the form of the dialogues, many of them `Socratic'. What really exists?