The Big Questions: A Short Introduction to Philosophy / Edition 8

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Overview

Written by well-known and respected scholar, Robert C. Solomon, this best-selling Introduction to Philosophy text has a student-friendly style and organization. Topics are arranged under big questions with each chapter's discussion of the selected big question self-contained so instructors can choose which, and in what order, topics are presented. The writing style is concise and accessible, and coverage is comprehensive without being intimidating.
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"THE BIG QUESTIONS could serve well as the backbone for almost any introductory philosophy course you might offer. . . . The table of contents is admirably comprehensive, clear, and structured. It covers practically every topic that someone might wish to discuss in an introductory course for philosophy, and by going into a fair amount of depth it provides the reader with an overall picture of the topics canvassed."

"Reading this text is like listening to a pair of learned, witty, and altogether fascinating lecturers."

"The author's writing is superbly clear and accessible, perfectly pitched to the freshman and introductory student to capture his/her imagination and intellect."

"Teachable and topically engaging for students."

"Engaging. Very thought-worthy information is presented in this book, such as issues about feminism, metaphysics, and the self. The authors are obviously knowledgeable about a wide range of topics, philosophers, and the history of philosophy, both Eastern and Western, that makes this book a worthy read and worth keeping in one's own library of philosophy books."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495595151
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,268,715
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. Solomon (1942-2007) was internationally renowned as a teacher and lecturer in philosophy. He was Quincy Lee Centennial Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and over the course of his career taught at numerous institutions, including Princeton University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Auckland, and the University of California, in addition to the University of Texas. He authored more than 40 books, including INTRODUCING PHILOSOPHY, A SHORT HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY, THE PASSIONS, IN THE SPIRIT OF HEGEL, ABOUT LOVE, ABOVE THE BOTTOM LINE, Fourth Edition (with Clancy Martin), ETHICS AND EXCELLENCE, THE JOY OF PHILOSOPHY, and TRUE TO OUR FEELINGS, and he was co-editor of TWENTY QUESTIONS, Fifth Edition (with Lee Bowie and Meredith Michaels), and SINCE SOCRATES (with Clancy Martin).

Kathleen M. Higgins is professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University and has taught at the University of Auckland and the University of California, Riverside, in addition to the University of Texas. She is author of several books, including NIETZSCHE'S "ZARATHUSTRA," THE MUSIC OF OUR LIVES, COMIC RELIEF: NIETZSCHE'S "GAY SCIENCE," THE MUSIC BETWEEN US: IS MUSIC THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE? and co-wrote (with Robert C. Solomon) WHAT NIETZSCHE REALLY SAID, A SHORT HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY, and A PASSION FOR WISDOM. She has edited or co-edited numerous books, including AESTHETICS IN PERSPECTIVE and THIRTEEN QUESTIONS IN ETHICS AND SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY, Second Edition (with Lee Bowie and Meredith Michaels).

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Table of Contents

1. Philosophical Questions. 2. The Meaning of Life. 3. God. 4. The Nature of Reality. 5. The Search for Truth. 6. Self. 7. Freedom. 8. Morality and the Good Life. 9. Justice and the Good Society. 10. Philosophy, Sex, Race, and Culture. 11. Beauty.
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