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Blackburn, Simon 1944-

Overview
Works: 47 works in 251 publications in 5 languages and 13,360 library holdings
Genres: Introductions  History 
Roles: Editor, Other
Classifications: BJ1012, 170
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Most widely held works by Simon Blackburn
Truth : a guide by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
42 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 2,720 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 )
13 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 2,163 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 )
21 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 2,008 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 1,804 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
Ruling passions a theory of practical reasoning by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
23 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,205 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
Ethics a very short introduction by Simon Blackburn ( )
11 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and Danish and held by 1,196 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
Reason and prediction by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
16 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 617 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 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Being good : a short introduction to ethics by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
18 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 398 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
Philosophy by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 121 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
What do we really know? : the big questions in philosophy by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gut sein : eine kurze Einführung in die Ethik by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
10 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in German and held by 85 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
Goed leven : een tegendraadse beschouwing over ethiek by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
2 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in Dutch and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Denk! : filosofie en de grote vragen van het leven by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in Dutch and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Inleiding tot de basisvragen van de filosofie
Wollust : die schönste Todsünde by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
3 editions published in 2008 in German and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sobre la bondad : una breve introducción a la ética by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in Spanish and held by 27 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
Pensar : una incitación a la filosofía by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in Spanish and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Filosofie van de waarheid by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in Dutch and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Overzicht van de manier waarop in de westerse filosofie over het begrip waarheid werd en wordt gedacht
Knowledge, truth, and reliability by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
6 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Plato's 'Politeia' : een biografie by Simon Blackburn ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in Dutch and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Kritische uitleg van de morele, politieke en juridische ideeën uit de 'Politeia' van Plato (ca. 375 v.Chr.), met een beschouwing over de invloed van dat geschrift
 
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Alternative Names
Blackburn, S.
Blackburn, Simon
Blackburn, Simon R.
Blackburn, Simon Robert
Blackburn, Simon W. 1944-
Blackburn, Simon Walter 1944-
Blekbērns, Saimons 1944-
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Languages
English (185)
German (13)
Spanish (7)
Dutch (5)
Danish (1)
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