Engaging Philosophy: A Brief Introduction / Edition 1

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This brief, elegant book introduces students and general readers to philosophy through core questions and topics - particularly those involving ethics, the existence of God, free will, the relation of mind and body, and what it is to be a person. It also features a chapter on reasoning, both theoretical and practical, that develops an account of both cogent logical reasoning and rational decision-making. Throughout, the emphasis is on initiating newcomers to philosophy through rigorous yet lively consideration of some of the most fundamental questions a thinking person can ask.
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Joseph G. Moore
Provides a wonderful and unique introduction to philosophy - not just to its central questions and the creative answers (some classic and enduring, some cutting-edge) that philosophers have given, but also to the shared techniques, style, and wonderment that makes philosophy so, well, engaging. The book can clearly be used on its own, or along with a selection of the philosophical texts it discusses. Particularly useful in this regard are the study questions and further reading suggestions that come at the end of each chapter. (Amherst College)
Michael Morgan
Extremely well done. The author has organized his material so that it flows nicely and conveys a sense that philosophical reasoning moves from one point to another, with questions raised, options considered, and so forth. The accounts of the steps along the way are very easy to read, clear as a bell, use traditional texts in a nonthreatening and 'natural' way, and employ nice examples that students will relate to. (Indiana University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872207967
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,227,141
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2006

    This book is a gem

    This book is a splendid read: Although college and even high school students can use it with no problem, I read it because I wanted to learn something about a field that I never got a chance to take a class in when I was in college. It's amazingly clear, and it brings to life issues that you thought were imponderable. But _Engaging Philosophy_ shows that actually you can ponder them, and even a learn a lot about where research is going on topics like ethics, the problem of free will, or what makes something a person. At the end of each chapter are also suggestions for further reading, and even for movies to watch that are relevant to the issues that the chapter discusses. I'm planning to give copies of this book to lots of relatives and friends interested in, but lacking much background in, philosophy. (At a mere 160 pages and for such a low price, how wrong can you go?) A gentle and fun introduction.

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