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About Martin Cohen
Martin Cohen is a journalist, editor and author specializing in popular books in philosophy, social science and politics. His books include the bestselling ‘101 Philosophy Problems’, ‘Critical Thinking Skills for Dummies' as well as more social scientific books such as ‘I Think Therefore I Eat’, on food science, and a look at how scientists work called 'Paradigm Shift’. This sounds rather technical but is actually a great deckchair read, taking a look at many perplexed and perplexing issues in life, from religion to science, from food fads to black holes in space..Another recent book, now issued in paperback, called 'The Leaders' Bookshelf', is all about ideas and inspirations - and how even quite ordinary books can be 'intuition pumps' sending their readers off to achieve extraordinary things.
Martin now writes full-time, but in the past has taught philosophy and social science at a number of universities in the UK and Australia, and was involved in a research project exploring ways to shift philosophy teaching away from the the mere study of philosophical facts and toward a view of philosophy as an activity.
An activist environmentalist, he wrote an influential series of articles in the Times Higher (London) about the politics of the climate change debate. He has written discussion papers on environmental concerns for the European Parliament and been invited by the Chinese government to discuss ecological rights and indigenous communities.
As an editor, his strategy is to allow as wide a range of ideas as possible a forum and he loves articles by non-specialists with unusual and original ideas. He is currently based in Aquitaine, France, but travels often to the US and UK.
For new book projects and rights inquiries, please just drop me a line via Twitter @docmartincohen and we'll take it from there!
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Turbocharge your reasoning with Critical Thinking
Just what are the ingredients of a great argument? What is the secret to communicating your ideas clearly and persuasively? And how do you see through sloppy thinking and flim-flam? If you’ve ever asked any of these questions, then this book is for you!
These days, strong critical thinking skills provide a vital foundation for academic success, and Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies offers a clear and unintimidating introduction to what can otherwise be a pretty complex topic. Inside, you'll get hands-on, lively, and fun exercises that you can put to work today to improve your arguments and pin down key issues.
With this accessible and friendly guide, you'll get plain-English instruction on how to identify other people's assumptions, methodology, and conclusions, evaluate evidence, and interpret texts effectively. You'll also find tips and guidance on reading between the lines, assessing validity – and even advice on when not to apply logic too rigidly!
Critical Thinking Skills for Dummies:
- Provides tools and strategies from a range of disciplines great for developing your reflective thinking skills
- Offers expert guidance on sound reasoning and textual analysis
- Shows precisely how to use concept mapping and brainstorming to generate insights
- Demonstrates how critical thinking skills is a proven path to success as a student
Whether you're undertaking reviews, planning research projects or just keen to give your brain a workout, Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies equips you with everything you need to succeed.
Yet if philosophers of science, from Thomas Kuhn to Paul Feyerabend, have argued that science is a more haphazard process, driven by political fashion and short-term economic self-interest, today almost everyone seems to assume it is a vast jigsaw of interlocking facts pieced slowly but steadily together by expert practitioners.
In this witty but profound 21st-century update on the issues, Martin Cohen offers vital clues for understanding not only the way knowledge develops, but also into the dangers of accepting too readily or too uncritically the claims of experts of all kinds - even philosophical ones! The claims are invariably presented as objective fact, yet are rooted in human subjectivity.
Does Farmer Field really know his prize cow, Daisy, is in the field? When is an unexpected exam not wholly unexpected? Are all bachelors (really) unmarried? Martin Cohen's 101 Philosophy Problems, Fourth Edition introduces philosophy in an entertaining but informative and stimulating way. Using philosophical puzzles, conundrums and paradoxes he skilfully unwraps some of the mysteries of the subject, from what we know - or think we know - to brainteasing thought experiments about ethics, science and the nature of the mind.
For the Fourth Edition there are many new problems, including Maxwell's Moving Magnets, Einstein Changes Train Times, and Zeno's Paradox of Place; as well as two brand new sections including puzzles such as Lorenz's Waterywheel, and the Battle for Fractal Farm, and perplexing ethical dilemmas. The book has been extensively revised to bring it up to date with new developments in philosophy and society.
With an updated glossary of helpful terms and possible solutions to the problems at the end of the book, 101 Philosophy Problems is essential reading for anyone coming to philosophy for the first time.
- Gives a lively presentation of an "A to Z" of 26 fascinating and influential thought experiments from philosophy and science
- Presents vivid and often humorous discussion of the experiments, including strengths and weaknesses, historical context, and contemporary uses
- Provides a "how to" section for engaging in thought experiments
- Includes illustrations, mini-biographies, and suggestions for further reading.
Will meat eaters get into heaven? Do trees have rights? Is it ever right to design a baby? What would you do? Would you always do the right thing? Is there a right thing? In this second edition of his thought-provoking and highly engaging introduction to ethics, Martin Cohen brings us eleven brand new ethical dilemmas including:
The Dodgy Donor Clinic
The Famous Footbridge Dilemma
The Human Canonball.
From overcrowded lifeboats to the censor's pen, Martin Cohen's stimulating and amusing dilemmas reveal the subtleties, complexities and contradictions that make up the rich tapestry of ethics. From DIY babies and breeding experiments to 'Twinkies courtroom drama' and Newgate Prison, there is a dilemma for everyone. This book may not help you become a good person, but at least you will have had a good think about it.
Which books inspired some of the world’s most successful people – and why? Come on a journey of literary exploration and find out how books can impact your life.
It turns out that the life stories of many famous people start out with a particular book that inspired them when young. Here, Martin Cohen explores the lives of some remarkable people – inventors, scientists, business gurus and political leaders – and the books that have challenged, inspired, and influenced them. And so exploring the ideas, dreams and inspirations that this diverse group shared is at the heart of this book too. Inspiration, in particular, is the thread that ties together individuals with characters and backgrounds as diverse as Jane Goodall and Barack Obama, Malcolm X and Judge Clarence Thomas, Oprah Winfrey and Malala Yousafzai, Rachel Carson and Frans Lanting.
Often, behind many tales of achievement lies much more than a collection of smart tactics. There are beliefs and values that guide many a grand strategy, too. And the strategies are often very different, which if you think about it, shouldn’t come as a surprise. If there really were just one recipe for success, well, everyone would be using it already. No, the thing that unifies these disparate approaches is that they all provided for their owners a kind of conceptual grid onto which a wide range of day-to-day creative, scientific, or business practices are able to develop and grow. For Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the founders of Google, for example, the grid was Charles Darwin’s notions of natural mutation and iteration. With Henry Ford, the man who pioneered the method of the assembly line, the grid was an obscure, ethereal theory of life as a sequence of reincarnations. And for both Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs, the grid was existentialist ideas about the pursuit of authenticity. In all these cases, a grand, indeed often philosophical, theory meshed perfectly with a practical business strategy. All of these remarkable people, and the books that most inspired them, are explored in this book.
• What techniques can you use to make people fall in love with you?
• Is there a philosophical answer to that eternal question: What should I eat for dinner?
• How would Aristotle really run General Motors?
• And where can we find the secret of happiness?
Ten thought-provoking ‘life lessons’ based on seventy five tasty tit-bits of philosophy, drawn from the writings of the Greats. How to Live offers not only tips on life’s eternal questions, but a tasty entrée into philosophy.
'What the papers say' - about Martin Cohen’s books
101 Philosophy Problems:
'Cohen continually delights or infuriates us with his irreverent opinions.'—Times Higher Education (London)
'Without technical terms and incomprehensible superstructure, but with wit and irony, Cohen explains the basic concepts of philosophy and, in passing, the most famous thinkers of history.'—Der Spiegel
101 Ethical Dilemmas
'…a chatty, jokey journey through philosophical dilemmas, ancient and modern… but the philosophy is the real thing.'—New Scientist
"The worst thing about food science, the elephant in the room, is that it's not just the opinions that are changing—but the 'facts' themselves shift too."
Did you know that the great philosophers were the original foodies? To eat or not to eat? That’s an easy question to answer. But what to eat? That’s a deep and profoundly difficult one. Doctors and nutritionists often disagree with each other, while celebrities and scientists keep pitching us new recipes and special diets. No one thought to ask the philosophers—those rational souls devoted to truth, ethics, and reason—what they think. Until now.
Was ist Liebe, ist Zeit umkehrbar, und kann Achilles die Schildkröte überholen? Schon die alten Griechen hatten ihre Freude daran, verblüffend einfache Fragen zu stellen, um sich dann tagelang die Köpfe zu zerbrechen. Martin Cohen hat 99 philosophische Rätsel zusammengestellt und damit eine spielerische Einführung in das philosophische Denken geschaffen. Leicht verständlich erklärt er Grundbegriffe der Philosophie und stellt bekannte Geistesgrößen vor. Ein Buch, mit dem jeder zum Philosophen werden kann!
Muss man zu viel erhaltenes Wechselgeld zurückgeben, oder darf man es einfach behalten? Ist es unmoralisch, ein Übel mit einem anderen zu bekämpfen? Ist eine Notlüge verwerflich? Und was würde Immanuel Kant dazu sagen? Martin Cohen stellt in 99 unterhaltsamen Geschichten ernste und vergnügliche ethische Zwickmühlen vor, gibt Denkanstöße, diskutiert mögliche Lösungen und berichtet, zu welchen Schlüssen die großen Philosophen gekommen sind.
In this, the second in the definitely ‘thought-provoking’ series of philosophy stories for children, best-selling author Martin Cohen and acclaimed artist Judith Zolumio explore subtle issues of character and personal identity.