The Philosopher's Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods

The Philosopher's Toolkit: A Compendium of Philosophical Concepts and Methods

by Julian Baggini, Peter S. Fosl
     
 

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The second edition of this popular compendium provides the necessary intellectual equipment to engage with and participate in effective philosophical argument, reading, and reflection

  • Features significantly revised, updated and expanded entries, and an entirely new section drawn from methods in the history of philosophy
  • This edition has a broad,

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Overview

The second edition of this popular compendium provides the necessary intellectual equipment to engage with and participate in effective philosophical argument, reading, and reflection

  • Features significantly revised, updated and expanded entries, and an entirely new section drawn from methods in the history of philosophy
  • This edition has a broad, pluralistic approach—appealing to readers in both continental philosophy and the history of philosophy, as well as analytic philosophy
  • Explains difficult concepts in an easily accessible manner, and addresses the use and application of these concepts
  • Proven useful to philosophy students at both beginning and advanced levels

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The Philosopher's Toolkit is a very good book. It could be highly useful for both introductory courses in philosophy, or philosophical methodology, as well as independent study for anyone interested in the methods of argument, assessment and criticism used in contemporary analytic philosophy. It is unique in approach, and written in a pleasant and considerate tone. Its authors are both competent philosophers, and the book visibly reflects their deep sympathy to the discipline and their appreciation of its unique character. This book will help one to get going to do philosophy, but more advanced students might find this text helpful too. I wish I had had access to this book as an undergraduate." (Teaching Philosophy)

"This book is ... an encyclopedia of philosophy. It should be of great use as a quick and accurate reference guide to the skill of philosophy, especially for beginners, but also for instructors ... highly recommended." (Choice)

"Its choice of tools for basic argument ... is sound, while further tools for argument ... move through topics and examples concisely and wittily... Sources are well chosen and indicated step by step. Sections are cross-referenced (making it better than the Teach Youself "100 philosophical concepts") and supported by a useful index." (Reference Reviews)

"...the average person who is interested in arguments and logic but who doesn't have much background in philosophy would certainly find this book useful, as would anyone teaching a course on arguments, logic, and reasoning. Even introductory courses on philosophy in general might benefit because the book lays out so many of the conceptual "tools" which will prove necessary over students' careers." (About.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405190183
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/03/2010
Series:
Wiley Desktop Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
238,240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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From the Publisher
"The Philosopher's Toolkit provides a welcome and useful addition to the introductory philosophy books available. It takes the beginner through most of the core conceptual tools and distinctions used by philosophers, explaining them simply and with abundant examples. Newcomers to philosophy will find much in here that will help them to understand the subject."
David S. Oderberg, University of Reading

Meet the Author

Julian Baggini (www.julianbaggini.com) is a freelance writer and co-founding editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine.

Peter S. Fosl is Professor of Philosophy at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

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