Philosophy: A Text with Readings / Edition 7

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 97%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $60.00   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


Combining clear, accessible prose and many primary sources, Velasquez provides a complete introduction to philosophy in an engaging and meaningful way. He provides attention to topics not always covered in other texts, including feminist theory, continental philosophy, diversity, and aesthetics. The chapter organization encourages thinking and studying in amounts students can master while examples and questions help connect philosophy to their personal experiences. In addition to the chapter-end readings, which permit students to work with primary source material, Historical Showcases readings put development of ideas into context for a "big picture" view.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534552114
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Philosophy
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 710
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Eighth Edition vii
Part I Introduction 1
Chapter 1 The Nature of Philosophy
1.1 Introduction: What Is Philosophy? 4
1.2 The Traditional Divisions of Philosophy 11
1.3 An Example of Philosophy: Socrates 18
1.4 The Value of Philosophy 32
1.5 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 40
1.6 Historical Showcase: The First Philosophers 42
1.7 Readings 47
1.8 Appendix: A Look at Logic 51
1.9 Suggestions for Further Reading 72
Chapter 2 Human Nature
2.1 Introduction: Why Study Human Nature? 76
2.2 What Is Human Nature? 81
2.3 How Do Mind and Body Relate? 104
2.4 Is There an Enduring Self? 118
2.5 Are We Independent and Self-Sufficient Individuals? 130
2.6 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 140
2.7 Historical Showcase: Plato, Aristotle, and Confucius 144
2.8 Readings 162
2.9 Suggestions for Further Reading 172
Part II Metaphysics 175
Chapter 3 Reality and Being
3.1 Introduction: What Is Real? 178
3.2 Reality: Material or Nonmaterial? 182
3.3 Reality in Pragmatism 200
3.4 Reality and Logical Positivism 205
3.5 Antirealism: The New Idealists 211
3.6 Encountering Reality: Phenomenology and Existentialism 218
3.7 Is Freedom Real? 231
3.8 Is Time Real? 241
3.9 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 247
3.10 Historical Showcase: Hobbes and Berkeley 250
3.11 Readings 261
3.12 Suggestions for Further Reading 272
Chapter 4 Philosophy and God
4.1 Introduction: What Is Religion? 276
4.2 Does God Exist? 280
4.3 Atheism, Agnosticism, and the Problem of Evil 293
4.4 Traditional Religious Belief and Experience 302
4.5 Nontraditional Religious Experience 309
4.6 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 325
4.7 Historical Showcase: Aquinas, Descartes, and Conway 328
4.8 Readings 344
4.9 Suggestions for Further Reading 355
Part III Epistemology 357
Chapter 5 The Sources of Knowledge
5.1 Introduction: Why Is Knowledge a Problem? 360
5.2 Is Reason the Source of Our Knowledge? 366
5.3 Can the Senses Account for All Our Knowledge? 378
5.4 Kant: Does the Knowing Mind Shape the World? 393
5.5 Does Science Give Us Knowledge? 402
5.6 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 415
5.7 Historical Showcase: Hume 418
5.8 Readings 425
5.9 Suggestions for Further Reading 434
Chapter 6 Truth
6.1 Introduction: Belief, Knowledge, and Truth 436
6.2 What Is Truth? 441
6.3 Does Science Give Us Truth? 464
6.4 Can Interpretations Be True? 471
6.5 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 481
6.6 Historical Showcase: Kant 484
6.7 Readings 494
6.8 Suggestions for Further Reading 504
Part IV Values 507
Chapter 7 Ethics
7.1 Introduction: What Is Ethics? 510
7.2 Is Ethics Relative? 515
7.3 Do Consequences Make an Action Right? 519
7.4 Do Rules Define Morality? 531
7.5 Is Ethics Based on Character? 554
7.6 Can Ethics Resolve Moral Quandaries? 565
7.7 Ethics and Moral Responsibility 576
7.8 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 582
7.9 Historical Showcase: Nietzsche and Wollstonecraft 584
7.10 Readings 595
7.11 Suggestions for Further Reading 603
Chapter 8 Social Philosophy
8.1 Introduction: What Is Social Philosophy? 606
8.2 What Justifies the State? 608
8.3 What Is Justice? 627
8.4 Law and Civil Disobedience 646
8.5 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 657
8.6 Historical Showcase: Marx and Rawls 661
8.7 Readings 674
8.8 Suggestions for Further Reading 681
Chapter 9 Postscript: Art and Meaning
9.1 Introduction 684
9.2 What Is Art? 686
9.3 Does Life Have Meaning? 702
9.4 Chapter Summary and Conclusions 714
9.5 Suggestions for Further Reading 715
Glossary 717
Index 723
Art Acknowledgments 739
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)