ROOTS OF WISDOM, Seventh Edition, invites readers to explore universal and current philosophical issues through a rich tapestry of perspectives including the ideas and traditions of men and women from the West, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. No other book offers such breadth of multicultural coverage coupled with a clear, concise, and approachable writing style. The author presents striking images to illustrate our diverse cultural inheritance, using fine art, cartoons, poetry, movies, current events, and popular music to bring the issues of philosophy to life. This edition includes a new discussion of "logos" and "mythos" as laid out by Karen Armstrong, material on calculative vs. meditative thinking from Heidegger, expanded treatment of sovereignty and citizenship with new discussion on the so-called "Arab Spring," and more.
Preface. Part I: 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 There an Ultimate Reality? Part II: 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 III: 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.