Is there a subject-based philosophical book? one book which discusses in each chapter a philosophical subject such as ethics, nature of world, ...

  • By 'subject-based' do you mean one which discusses a variety of philosophical subjects? If so, the Norton Introduction to Philosophy is one such text, although there are plenty others out there. Feb 24, 2018 at 20:03
  • Yes, I mean a book with a variety of subjects
    – Amir
    Feb 24, 2018 at 20:17
  • Thanks for your suggestion: The Norton Introduction to Philosophy
    – Amir
    Feb 24, 2018 at 20:19
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    I suspect there are many, but one I have that I haven't read is Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein's "Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar..." There are ten chapters each on a different subject. Feb 24, 2018 at 20:22

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A few out of many - these may help :

Jon Nuttall, An Introduction to Philosophy (Paperback) ISBN 10: 0745616631 / ISBN 13: 9780745616636 Published by Polity Press, United Kingdom, 2002

Ronald H. Nash, Life s Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy ISBN 10: 0310514924 / ISBN 13: 9780310514923 Published by ZONDERVAN, United States, 2013

Peter Cave, Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide ISBN 10: 1851689370 / ISBN 13: 9781851689378 Published by Oneworld Publications, 2012

Roger Scruton, An Intelligent Person's Guide to Philosophy ISBN 10: 0715627899 / ISBN 13: 9780715627891 Published by Gerald Duckworth and Co Ltd, 1997 [Scruton was stuck with this title because of the series of which his book was a part.

Philosophy 1: A Guide Through the Subject: A Guide Through the Subject Vol 1 ISBN 10: 0198752431 / ISBN 13: 9780198752431 Published by OUP Oxford, 1998

Philosophy 2: Further through the Subject ISBN 10: 0198751788 / ISBN 13: 9780198751786 Published by Oxford University Press, USA, 1999

Jenny Teichman, Katherine C. Evans, Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide ISBN 10: 063121321X / ISBN 13: 9780631213215 Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 1999

Recommendations : Teichman & Evans is probable the most accessible. Cave next in accessibility, then Nuttall, Nash, Scruton (pretty well equal). Philosophy 1 & 2 cover all the main areas of philosophy in considerable detail : big books, however, and best useful for reference rather than a read right through.

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