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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?

Can you master the ideas of Plato, Kant, Nietzsche and Sartre?

What does 'I think, therefore I am' really mean? Do you know the arguments for and against the existence of god? And what do the great philosophers tell us about knowledge and truth, good and evil? Take The Genius Test and learn to think and talk like history's greatest philosophical minds.

Packed with bite-sized briefings, shortcuts and bluffs, The Genius Test demystifies 50 key philosophical concepts and provides you with all you need to speak out about the very biggest ideas, including:

The nature of reality; Free will; Ethics; Philosophy of the mind; Justice and liberty; Relativism; Utilitarianism; Capitalism and democracy; Paradoxes and fallacies; The Social Contract; Existentialism; Metaphysics; Chinese philosophy; Beauty and art; Artificial intelligence; Human rights; Analytic, Linguistic and Continental philosophy . . . and many more.

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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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