Looking for a unique synthesis of the topical, historical and worldview/conceptual systems in philosophy? Look no further. Longtime student and teacher of philosophy Ronald Nash offers us Life's Ultimate Questions, an eminently readable and well-organized introduction to philosophy. Designed primarily for students, this book offers valuable insight to anyone seeking more information about philosophy and its relevance to life.
Nash begins by looking at worldviews, and how they shape all of philosophy. He describes what a worldview is and looks at several of the tests to determine is a worldview is viable. Then he offers an in-depth look at six conceptual systems (worldviews) that have shaped philosophy and its history: naturalism, the philosophy of Plato, the philosophy of Aristotle, the philosophy of Plotinus, the philosophy of Augustine, and the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas.
Nash also looks at several problems and issues in philosophy, including epistemology, God, metaphysics, ethics, and human nature. He also provides information on key ideas like the law of noncontradiction, and the study of possible worlds. Since Nash writes from a theistic (Reformed Christian) perspective, he looks at all issues through the lens of Christianity.
This book was designed as an introduction to philosophy and worldviews, but it also functions as an introduction to logic and conceptual analysis. Nash set out to help readers improve the logical consistency of their own worldviews by enabling them to see possible contradictions in logic existent in a worldview. He also wanted to affirm that philosophy can indeed solve some of the world's real problems. But most importantly, Nash wanted to help readers think more clearly about both the philosophers and philosophies that have already shaped their lives.
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Review 1 for Life's Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy
Because it was inexpensive in ebook form, and the author was Ronald Nash, I bought it. I have been very pleased so far (not quite finished with it yet). The late Nash had a prolific writing career, of which this is a useful part.
Nash takes a somewhat different approach in this book that appears to be intended as an introduction to Philosophy. He uses some history of Philosophy, along with some broad analysis, to help us start thinking about those "Ultimate Questions." Having taught Philosophy for a long time using texts with a more 'traditional' approach, I find I like this, and might use it for a class text.
Do be aware of two things: if you are an completely beginner to the field, you might find this approach a bit daunting. Also, Nash is a very 'Christian' philosopher, which is obviously reflected in this work.
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Review 2 for Life's Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy
Lifes Ultimate Questions is far more than an introduction to philosophy. Its a weapon for blowing away high-minded humanistic thinking. I read Lifes Ultimate Questions for the first time in 2003 while doing a combat tour in Iraq. Ive been reading Nash ever since. His books are meaty and yet clear as crystal, and a pleasure to read. But best of all Nashs works are practical. And this introduction to philosophy is no exception. I was sorry to hear that Ron Nash passed away this year. He will be missedat least by me.
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Review 5 for Life's Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy
Date:March 25, 2000
This book is more than an Introduction to Philosophy or a clear guide to such major philosophers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas. It is an important resource for Christians who want a grounding in philosophy that will help prepare them to think more clearly about Christian truths.