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Title:
The questions of life : an invitation to philosophy
Author:
Savater, Fernando, 1947-
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Uniform Title:
Preguntas de la vida. English
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK : Polity ; Oxford ; Malden MA : Blackwell, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xiii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780745626284

9780745626291
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Book

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Summary

Summary

This book, by one of Spain's most eminent philosophers, provides alively and very accessible introduction to philosophy. Written forthose who have no prior knowledge of the field, it reveals how thecentral problems of philosophy remain highly relevant to everydaycontemporary life. Savater addresses the questions that weourselves must face: what is this 'I' that I take for granted? Whatdoes it mean for me to be in the world? In what sense am I free?And how does the idea of death affect my life?


In his discussion of concepts such as beauty, time and language,Savater frequently refers to earlier philosophers, yet he does soin a way that brings their ideas to life and shows their enduringrelevance. Using quotations from the ancient Greeks through to morerecent philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Sartre, Savaterillustrates his own arguments, while also sketching a basic historyof philosophical ideas.





The Questions of Life has already been translated into tenlanguages and has enjoyed enormous success, selling over 70 000copies in Spain alone. It is an elegant and straightforward bookthat abstains from specialised terminology. It constitutes an idealintroductory text for those studying philosophy at A-Level oruniversity, and will also be of great interest to the generalreader.


Author Notes

Fernando Savater is Professor of Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid


Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Why Philosophy?
Chapter 1 Let us begin with death
Chapter 2 The truths of reason
Chapter 3 I inside, I outside
Chapter 4 The symbolic animal
Chapter 5 The world and its outskirts
Chapter 6 Freedom in action
Chapter 7 Artificial by nature
Chapter 8 Living together
Chapter 9 The shiver of beauty
Chapter 10 Lost in time
Epilogue: Life without meaning?
Farewell
Suggested further reading
Appendix
Notes
Index