ROOTS OF WISDOM invites you to explore many thought-provoking insights of critical philosophical inquiry. No other book offers such breadth of multicultural coverage coupled with the clear, concise, and approachable writing style that Mitchell offers. Women philosophers and non-Western philosophies are integrated throughout as they relate to the canon. Mitchell uses popular culture to illustrate timeless philosophical problems, using extremely accessible examples of cartoons, poetry, movies, and references to popular music that bring the issues of philosophy to life. This new edition further integrates the multicultural themes and non-Western perspectives with greater attention paid to the Peoples of the Americas thread and a broadened focus on non-Western concepts of reality.
Preface. Part One: WHAT IS EVERYTHING REALLY LIKE? Questions of Metaphysics. Historical Interlude A: A Worldwide Context for Western Philosophy. 1. Why Philosophy? Is This All There Is? 2. Reality and Being. Is What You See What You Get? Historical Interlude B: Philosophy and Early Christianity. 3. Human Nature. Who or What Are We, and What Are We Doing Here? 4. Philosophy and Ultimate Reality. Is Anyone in Charge? Part Two: HOW AM I TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD? Questions of Epistemology. Historical Interlude C: From the Medieval to the Modern World. 5. Knowledge Sources. Do You See What I See? 6. Truth Tests. Do You Swear to Tell the Truth . . .—7. Aesthetic Experience. Is Truth Beauty and Beauty Truth? Part Three: BY WHAT VALUES SHALL I LIVE IN THE WORLD? Questions of Axiology. Historical Interlude D: From the Modern to the Post Modern World. 8. Political Philosophy. Is Big Brother Watching? 9. Social Philosophy. Am I My Brother's or Sister's Keeper? 10. Ethics. What Will It Be: Truth or Consequences? Historical Interlude E: A Revolution in Philosophy? Appendix. Glossary. Index.