Why should we be good? Why should we value life? Do other people have minds? Philosophy strikes right to the heart of what it means to be human... Weaving together thought-provoking debates, stimulating ideas and illuminating insights from the world s great thinkers, Philosophy offers a rigorous yet thoroughly accessible survey of the history of Western thought from Plato to Derrida and beyond. Each chapter of Philosophy offers an in-depth exploration of the ideas surrounding a key category of contemplation, including the World, the Mind and Body, Knowledge, Faith, Ethics, Aesthetics and Society. Offering concise and informative studies of history s great cultural critics, and contributions from some of the biggest names in contemporary philosophy, this compact yet powerful volume is the perfect companion for anyone interested in tackling life s biggest questions.