Ten Philosophical Mistakes

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An illuminating critique of modern thought from America's "Philosopher for Everyman" (Time).

Ten Philosophical Mistakes examines ten errors in modern thought and shows how they have led to serious consequences in our everyday lives. It teaches how they came about, how to avoid them, and how to counter their negative effects.
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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Apr 1, 1997
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781439105061
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Language
English
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Genres
Philosophy / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Philosophy / General
Photography / General
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