Mental Exercise

Darren Abrecht rounds up four new books on philosophy for people who aren’t philosophers. He seems most impressed with Stephen Law’s The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking.

Each [chapter] presents a concise overview of the arguments surrounding a particular philosophical problem and concludes with suggestions for further reading. Each debate takes the form of a Platonic dialogue between witty characters with interspersed commentary.

Law, editor of the popular philosophy journal Think and a professor at the University of London, wisely chooses crowd-pleasing big questions. Old favorites like the origin of the universe and the question of free will are well represented and accompanied by more contemporary ethical concerns, such as designer babies, homosexuality, and vegetarianism.

Some articles from Law’s journal, Think, are freely available here.


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