By Julian Baggini, Jeremy Stangroom
Is your mind prepared for an intensive philosophical health and wellbeing money?
The writer of the foreign bestseller The Pig that wishes to Be Eaten and his fellow founding editor of The Philosopher?s journal have a few thought-provoking questions on your pondering: Is what you suspect coherent and consistent?or a jumble of contradictions? when you may perhaps layout a God, what might He, She, or or not it's like? and the way will you fare at the difficult terrain of ethics while your taboos are less than the highlight?
Here are a dozen philosophical quizzes bound to make armchair philosophers uncomfortably shift of their seats. The solutions will display what you actually think?and it will possibly now not be what you concept. enjoyable, not easy, and spectacular, this booklet will allow you to realize the you you by no means knew you have been.
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