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ex: Harry +Potter will return results with the word 'Potter'.
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ex: Harry -Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
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ex: Harry AND Potter will return results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
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ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
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ex: Harry NOT Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
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ex: "Harry Potter" will return any results with 'Harry Potter' in them, but not 'Potter Harry'.
Using '*' in a word will perform a wildcard search. The '*' signifies any number of characters. Searches can not start with a wildcard.
ex: Pot*er will return results with words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er'. In this case, 'Potter' will be a match.
A profound, uplifting and accessible introduction to key philosophical ideas and their relevance to everyday life.
Ideas to Save Your Life follows Michael McGirr's much-loved Books that Saved My Life (2018). This time, McGirr shares his love of philosophy, looking at the works of twenty eminent thinkers across history.
The book goes back to Pythagoras and comes forward to the contemporary Australian Frank Jackson; back to Mungo Woman and forward to Martha Nussbaum, by way of Simone Weil and Iris Murdoch. It is animated by two related questions- from where do we draw a sense of life's purpose, and how can philosophy make life better? It ranges widely across subjects- from solitude to community, language to order, experience to ecstasy, the idea of good to that of a good idea.
McGirr's approach is warm and inviting. Drawing on many years' experience teaching philosophy to teenagers, he shares stories from his life and discusses how philosophers have shed light on them. Ideas to Save Your Life is often funny, but it is serious about philosophy. It makes the impenetrable accessible, the indescribable palpable, and invites you to change the way you see the world.