Invitation to Philosophy
Hollis (Martin)
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  1. In this eloquent invitation Martin Hollis introduces the reader to the pleasures of creative and elegant reasoning about things that matter. With clear examples he lays out some basic rules of thought before turning to age-old questions of free choice and human nature, appearance and reality, reason and experience — and to newer ones of rationality and morality, other minds and inner selves, and the relation between the natural and human worlds.
  2. Plato and Descartes, Hume and Kant are at work in these pages. So too are T S Eliot and Sherlock Holmes. The delights of philosophical thought are noble but need not be solemn. The book is a perfect start for students contemplating courses in philosophy or for anyone meeting the subject for the first time.
  3. Martin Hollis is now Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the School of Economic and Social Studies at the University of East Anglia at Norwich.
  4. "Martin Hollis has written an excellent general book on philosophy . . . [it] provides a wonderful introduction to the subject for both the general reader and the beginning student, and will be read with profit and pleasure by those more seasoned in the discipline . . . Invitation to Philosophy is written with great verve. But nowhere is rigour abandoned or a difficult issue glossed over ... I suspect that anyone ignorant of philosophy who doesn't enjoy this book isn't temperamentally suited to the subject. "
    → Times Literary Supplement
  5. "I read it with pleasure and consider it a good introduction to philosophy. "
    A.J. Ayer
  6. "It is a fine achievement: extremely readable, admirably clear, altogether inviting. It gives a very good picture of the subject and keeps up a level of accuracy and rigour that one might not have thought possible in an introduction."
    Bernard Williams

  1. Wonder, Paradox and Vision
  2. Reasoning
    → Proof
    → Evidence
    → Scientific Method
  3. The Cave
  4. Ants, Spiders and Bees
  5. The Web of Belief
  6. The Elusive I
  7. The Ring of Gyges
  8. The Common Good
  9. Robots, Apes and Angels
    Further Reading


Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1986 paperback reprint of 1985 original

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