Heads Up Philosophy by DK

By DK

The second one installment in DK's new Heads Up sequence, Heads Up Philosophy addresses the problems and theories which are so much fascinating and proper to the curious minds of young people — creating a tough subject more uncomplicated to realize. Questions akin to "What is knowledge?" "What is reality?" "What is the mind?" and "What's correct and wrong?" are all addressed, delivering mammoth principles, easily defined. Written and designed particularly for the teenager marketplace, Heads Up Philosophy combines hard yet transparent textual content with cool picture illustrations that make clear and clarify theories and arguments.

Biography spreads conceal the recognized fees of serious philosophers together with Socrates, Aristotle, Friedrich Nietzsche, Epicurus, Plato, and Thomas Aquinas, whereas significant theories and debates together with epistemology, metaphysics, and ideologies also are defined. Heads Up Philosophy additionally comprises case learn panels, diagrams, and genuine global spreads to teach how philosophical theories relate to daily life.

Making a tough topic extra approachable, Heads Up Philosophy is designed to impress, entertain, and stimulate younger minds.

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This, in turn, has formed the basis for modern theories of education, and especially the replacement of rote learning (through repetition) with more “hands-on” methods. NATURAL ORDER Aristotle’s belief that all of our knowledge comes from experience led him to study the natural world in detail, and then organize his findings. This formed the basis for modern taxonomy, in which organisms are classified into groups such as class, order, family, genus, and species. MAKING SENSE The interaction between our minds and our senses is a major field of study in psychology (cognitive).

Practical philosophy The idea that truth and usefulness are interrelated is central to pragmatism. Peirce emphasized that we gain knowledge not from simply observing and thinking, but by doing things—actively testing the usefulness of our knowledge and considering the implications of accepting something as true. Later philosophers, notably John Dewey, applied this aspect of pragmatism to the practical problems of everyday life, and especially to politics and education. Dewey advocated hands-on learning, rather than learning by rote, or repetition, since this encourages us to discover useful explanations of things and not simply accept secondhand knowledge.

MAKING SENSE The interaction between our minds and our senses is a major field of study in psychology (cognitive). It helps us understand the way our minds make sense of what our senses tell us (perception), and how they are sometimes deceived—for example, by optical illusions. NATURE VERSUS NURTURE The science of genetics has raised the possibility that more of our behavior is due to inherited genetic factors than was previously thought, reviving the “nature versus nurture” debate. It has also been suggested that some abilities are innate, such as our ability to acquire and use language.

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