ABSTRACT

The overriding rationale behind this book is a desire to enrich the lives of college students by introducing them to the practice of philosophical thought in an accessible and engaging manner. The text has over one hundred classical and contemporary readings that facilitate studying each philosophical issue from a variety of perspectives, giving instructors the opportunity to choose a set of readings that matches the individual needs of each class. It includes many selections by philosophers whose works are often ignored or underrepresented in other introductory texts.

The initial reading, "The Role of Philosophy," is a relevant, clear, and absorbing introduction to the discipline of philosophy. It uses everyday life situations to give students a solid foothold before they journey into specific philosophical topics. In addition, every section of the book has its own special introduction that connects each topic to students’ personal lives. The surrounding narrative is designed to be conversational and comprehensible. Special features include a section on the role of logic, and writing a philosophy paper, two useful tools for approaching and analyzing philosophical writing for students who are new to philosophy. The book is accompanied by a companion website (www.routledge.com/cw/Baronett), with many helpful features, including (for students) review questions for all readings in the book, videos, and 66 related entries taken from the student-friendly Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy and (for instructors) 2,500 questions and answers." 

chapter |4 pages

The Role of Philosophy

chapter |4 pages

Introduction

chapter |6 pages

Knowledge Is Recollection

chapter |1 pages

A Writing Tablet

chapter |1 pages

The Possibility of Deception

chapter |8 pages

Doubt and Certainty

chapter |5 pages

Knowledge Derives From Experience

chapter |2 pages

Deep Inside

chapter |3 pages

Degrees of Clearness

chapter |6 pages

The Possibility of Experience

chapter |5 pages

The Nature of Inquiry

chapter |2 pages

Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?

chapter |9 pages

An Epistemological Nightmare

chapter |10 pages

Sleeping and Waking

chapter |4 pages

Just a Brain in a Vat

chapter |2 pages

Introduction

chapter |6 pages

The Divided Line and the Cave

chapter |5 pages

First Principles

chapter |4 pages

Observations

chapter |3 pages

Primary and Secondary Qualities

chapter |6 pages

To Be Is to Be Perceived

chapter |5 pages

Commit It to the Flames

chapter |7 pages

Ideas

chapter |4 pages

Regarding an External World

chapter |6 pages

Things and Processes

chapter |7 pages

Metaphysics

chapter |3 pages

Eternity Versus Immortality

chapter |2 pages

Introduction

chapter |22 pages

4C. Why Do Suffering and Evil Exist?

chapter |23 pages

4D. Belief

chapter |2 pages

Introduction

chapter |38 pages

5B. Consciousness

chapter |21 pages

5C. Personal Identity

chapter |4 pages

Introduction

chapter |6 pages

Free Agents

chapter |12 pages

Condemned to Be Free

chapter I|8 pages

I Can