Distilled from Donald Palmer's more than thirty years to teaching experience, this text exemplifies his very successful approach to teaching introductory philosophy. Through the use of humor and about 400 drawings, charts, and diagrams, serious philosophical topics come alive for the reader without compromising the importance of the subject matter. In the author's words, "This book takes philosophy seriously, but not gravely."
New To This Edition:
A new section has been added on the pre-Socratic philosopher Xenophanes
New material has been added on Descartes, including a description of the role that women-including Queen Christina of Sweden, Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia, and Anna Maria van Schurman-had on his life and work (also includes a discussion of van Schurman's philosophical work)
A substantial new section on the contemporary American feminist philosopher Martha Nussbaum
Many updated illustrations and several new ones by Don Palmer
I am currently in an Ethics course that is less about the 175$ book I was forced to buy and now ALL about the instructors notes!!!
This book brings out the message BEHIND the original texts/philosophers. I had to read KANT and I must tell you that I pride myself on my reading comprehension and acumen, and I nearly collapsed into a heap of useless noodles from the abstracted and diffuse language of KANT.
This book spoke to me in the English vernacular that I am obviously used to. I showed this to my classmates and they have told me that they immediately purchased several group copies.
In my opinion, if you have ANY interest in philosophy or any of the innumerable disciplines, customs of society which are based on many of the ideas easy detailed in this book, THEN PLEASE BUY IT, you will LOVE IT!!
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