• Just the Arguments

  • 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western Philosophy
  • By: Michael Bruce, Steven Barbone
  • Narrated by: Mark Ashby
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-18-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (29 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Philosophers don't just make claims, they give arguments.
Does the existence of evil call into doubt the existence of God? Show me the argument.
Will living a just life lead to happiness? Show me the argument.
Philosophy starts with questions, but attempts at answers are just as important, and these answers require reasoned argument. Cutting through notoriously dense and verbose philosophical prose, the authors set 100 famous and influential arguments in context, including key quotations, to explain the original style and approach. Each argument is laid bare in its essential form, with premises and conclusions plainly identified and the form of argument specified.
Designed to offer a quick and compact reference to everything from Aquinas' Five Ways to prove the existence of God to the metaphysical possibilities of zombie minds, Just the Arguments is an invaluable one–stop argument shop. Michael Bruce currently researches in the history of philosophy. He has taught philosophy and mathematics courses at the University of Washington’s Robinson Center for Young Scholars. Steven Barbone is Associate Professor of Philosophy at San Diego State University.
©2013 Michael Bruce, Steven Barbone (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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Critic Reviews

“An invaluable tool for students–or anyone interested in philosophy– Just the Arguments distills the most important arguments from the Western philosophical tradition into concise and lucid prose. The editors should be commended for providing such an action–packed resource; it's highly recommended!” (Fritz Allhoff, Western Michigan University)
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Customer Reviews

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1 out of 5 stars
By Tyler on 06-03-13

Like reading a grocery list

This really is just a reference book for introductory philosophy courses, and it did not translate well at all to the audio format. I'm sure the actual content is of good quality, but it is NOT for the armchair philosopher. As the narrator listed off each component of each argument, it was very difficult to keep track of what was being said. I'm sure reading it would have been better, but again, this isn't a book for readers who just want to know more about the 100 best arguments. It's for people who need to know how the arguments are technically structured.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Dominique on 01-14-15

Difficult to follow

Would you try another book from Michael Bruce and Steven Barbone and/or Mark Ashby?

Not sure.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I enjoyed the parts that flowed like a story, but the ones that were in premises and conclusions format were too boring. Overall, the book was difficult to understand for someone who took philosophy classes too long ago. I would need a refresher introductory course to be able to follow the reading, I guess. In addition, this is not the kind of book to listen while you're driving, although I chose an audiobook because I spend a considerable amount of time commuting. For all these reasons, I am trying to return it.

Did Just the Arguments inspire you to do anything?

Return the book and take an introductory philosophy class.

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