By Richard Osborne

Illustrations By Ralph Edney


Philosophy/ Reference

ISBN-13: 978-1-934389-02-7
Price: US $14.95
5-1/2 x 8-1/4, 192 pp
August 2007


B/W Illustrations

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Why does philosophy give some people a headache, others a real buzz, and yet others a feeling that it is subversive and dangerous? Why do a lot of people think philosophy is totally irrelevant? What is philosophy anyway?

The ABCs of philosophy – easy to understand but never simplistic.

Beginning with basic questions posed by the ancient Greeks – What is the world made of? What is a man? What is knowledge? What is good and evil? – Philosophy For Beginners traces the development of these questions as the key to understanding how Western philosophy developed over the last 2,500 years.


Richard Osborne is a philosopher and writer with special interests in Art, Technology and contemporary culture. He is the author of several internationally best-selling works including Philosophy for Beginners, Freud for Beginners, Introducing Sociology and Megawords, a cultural dictionary for the humanities. He has also written extensively on Philosophy and culture in a wide range of journals from Oslo to Osaka, including work on Art and the Mass Media; and also penned The Universe, a history of scientific thinking of ideas of the Universe, which was published in the UK and America. Richard currently teaches at the University of the Arts in London.