A Very Short Introduction to Everything by Oxford University Press

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There is an excitement to these precarious attempts to grasp the ‘truth’, a truth that might at any point be revealed as illusory. 55 Are there any good guys? Do historians reconstruct the truth or simply tell stories? John Arnold suggests that they do both, and that the balance between ‘truth’ and ‘story’ is tremendously important to history. Taking us from the fabulous tales of ancient Greek historians to the varied approaches of modern historians, he illuminates our relationship to the past by making us aware of how ‘history’ has changed as a subject.

Habermas’s title implicitly makes two points. First, modernity is a project rather than an historical period; and second, this project is not yet (but can and should be) completed. Animal Rights David DeGrazia Everything Do animals have moral rights? If so, what does this mean? What sorts of mental lives do animals have, and how should we understand their welfare? After putting forward possible answers to these questions, David DeGrazia explores the implications for how we treat animals in connection with our diet, zoos, and research.

In ancient ethics, happiness enters by a very different route from the ‘feel-good’ one. ‘Incisive, elegant, and full of the excitement of doing philosophy, [this book] boldly steps outside the conventional chronological ways of organizing material about the Greeks and Romans to get right to the heart of the human problems that exercised them . . ’ Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago Presocratic Philosophy Catherine Osborne We call them Presocratic philosophers. ‘Philosophers’ because they seek after wisdom, or because we can detect some resemblance to the project we think of as philosophy, or both; ‘Presocratic’ because they precede Socrates in one or both of two senses.

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