Well, this is one of those questions that you have to be in the right mood for. There are those to whom seeking an answer is the source of their career. Scientific researchers and clerics are amongst those who, like many of the philosophers, are wondering what the world is really made of – quite literally. Not only that, but ‘how do we know what is true and real’ and what is illusion?People who picked up this book who are not interested in this question may just skip it and go to the next chapter. A lot of the people who bought this book, actually like this question,even though it may seem strange if, say, you were just picking out drapes for the living room and suddenly ‘there it is, a question about the nature of reality’ and do the drapes go to just below the window sill or all the way down to the floor and will they match the sofa?Maybe you really think that way.OK, well, to start, on a daily basis, it certainly seems as if there is a lot which we take to be the truth. The sky is real, the kitchen is real; the need to buy toilet paper when one runs out is also real. At the same time, there is a lot in the world that doesn’t seem to even be real.Silicon breasts are not real in the same sense as natural ones. Lies are real too, but also not the way telling the truth is somehow real in a different way or more real, or real on more levels.We have our senses and our minds.
Have you ever found yourself wondering about some of life’s really giant questions? Ones that everyone over 10 years old has heard but that seem either be so important that people pretend they don’t say anything about them or else people make entire academic departments devoted to them?
Here is a small book, a booklet or guidebook really, which addresses some of these. There are introductory books in philosophy which recount the history. Those are great but this one has been honed down beyond that point. In Five Big Questions in Life and how to answer them a few philosophical principles are explained – simple tools for practicing philosophy, and then readers can see how they are used in real life. It is a bit like logic or math problems, but with a special effort to not confuse readers.
Written in ordinary language Five Big Questions in life is great for adults or mature teens who are curious. Afterwards, people will be able to practice at least a little philosophy with more awareness or will be better prepared to read more in depth theoretical philosophical works.