Kessler's Voices of Wisdom invites you to discover the global art of philosophy through the writings of the world's most influential thinkers. Enthusiastically received for its multicultural approach, Voices of Wisdom presents significant readings from around the world that evoke the spirit and nature of philosophy. The Second Edition contains both classic and contemporary readings on major philosophical problems. The global scope of this collection encompasses a wide variety of traditions, including Western, Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, African, Native American, Latin American, Islamic, Jewish, and feminist. This edition features many new selections, including expanded material on epistemology and ethics. As you read, Voices of Wisdom will ask you to think for yourself - to do philosophy. Kessler's introductions to each selection provide the background needed to read insightfully. Questions posed before the readings raise key issues you'll want to consider as you form your own interpretations. And for your reference, a helpful glossary defines the technical terms found throughout the anthology.
Gary E. Kessler received his Ph.D. from Columbia University where he studied philosophy and comparative religions. After teaching at Bard College, he accepted a position at California State University, Bakersfield where he taught for over thirty years. His most recent research centers on religion and violence. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including VOICES OF WISDOM, which, when first published in 1992, was the first multicultural textbook and reader intended for use in an introductory philosophy class.