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Introduction 1 Part I: What Is Philosophy 7 Chapter 1: What's Philosophy All About 9 Chapter 2: Discovering Why Philosophy Matters 25 Chapter 3: Becoming a Philosophical Thinker 43 Part II: The History of Philosophy 57 Chapter 4: Looking at Ancient Philosophies 59 Chapter 5: Moving from the Dark Ages to the Modern Day 73 Chapter 6: Looking at Eastern Philosophy 99 Chapter 7: Understanding the 'Isms' 115 Part III: The Nuts and Bolts of Philosophy 133 Chapter 8: Seeing the Limits of Logic 135 Chapter 9: Understanding Knowledge 155 Chapter 10: Separating Fact from Fiction 167 Chapter 11: Interpreting Language 185 Part IV: Exploring the Mind, Consciousness and Morality 203 Chapter 12: Exploring the Strange Notion of Mind 205 Chapter 13: Looking at Ethics and Morality 221 Chapter 14: Political Philosophy 255 Chapter 15: Looking Out for Liberty 281 Chapter 16: Aesthetics and Human Values 297 Part V: Philosophy and Science 319 Chapter 17: From Ancient Science to Modern Philosophy 321 Chapter 18: Investigating the Science of Society 333 Chapter 19: Exploring Scientifi c Truth and Scientific Fashions 355 Part VI: The Part of Tens 373 Chapter 20: Ten Famous Philosophical Books and What They Say 375 Chapter 21: Ten Philosophical Puzzles to Keep You Thinking 383 Index 393