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Get Smart: Philosophy

The Big Ideas You Should Know

By Marcus Weeks

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Can you master the ideas of Plato, Kant, Nietzsche and Sartre?
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Marcus Weeks is the author of the hugely successful Philosophy in Minutes, Psychology in Minutes and Politics in Minutes. He has written numerous other books and contributed to prestigious reference works such as The Philosophy Book, the Millennium Encyclopedia and the Definitive Visual Guide series.

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