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Using an issues-and-options approach, in a handbook format, this text deals with each major topic in philosophy by using a succinct, relevant, and readable presentation and critique of the representative options (e.g., schools of thought, individual philosophers) within each topic. A continuum helps students see the options available to answer a variety of basic questions and the relationship each option has to the others. The options found on the continuum are discussed and followed by a case study drawn from contemporary life that helps students to apply the options.
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Honer, Thomas C. Hunt (both Mt. San Antonio College), and Dennis L. Okholm (Wheaton College) update once again their introductory textbook for beginning students or general readers. The keep in mind both students taking the course to satisfy general education requirements and those who will use it as the first rung in the study of philosophy. The glossary does not indicate pronunciation. No dates are noted for earlier editions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534072902
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 9/28/1986
  • Edition description: 5th ed
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 241

Meet the Author

Stanley M. Honer (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is Emeritus Professor at Mt. San Antonio College.

Thomas Hunt is a Professor in the Center for Catholic Education and the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Dayton, where he has taught since 1996. He received his B.A. in History at Loras College, a Licentiate of Sacred Theology and an M.A. in Seondary Education Administration from the Catholic University of America, and his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies (Social and Historical Foundations of Education) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has authored or co-authored 20 books.

Dennis L. Okholm (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) teaches in the department of theology and philosophy at Azusa Pacific University.

John L. Safford (Ph.D., The University of California, Riverside) is professor of government and philosophy at the University of South Carolina, Sumter.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Prologue. 1. What is Philosophy. 2. Philosophical Thinking. 3. Perception and Truth. 4. Epistemology: How We Know. 5. Metaphysics: What is Real. 6. Freedom and Determinism. 7. Philosophy and Religion. 8. Philosophy and Ethics. 9. Philosophy and Esthetics. 10. Philosophy and Human Nature. 11. Philosophy in the Sciences and Humanities. Epilogue. Glossary. Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    A Great Introductory Text.

    Good books go through many reprints and new editions. When I took Introductory Philosophy in 1968, we used the first edition of this text and I continued to consult it many times after that. When I started teaching in 1978, I used the third edition as one of the Introductory Philosophy texts. Now (in 2004) I am using the ninth edition of INVITATION TO PHILOSOPHY -- and plan to continue using the text until I retire. It gets across the basic ideas and the vocabulary of philosophy in as concise a manner as the subject will permit.

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