Based on the author's nearly 30 years' of teaching introductory philosophy — and his observations of where beginning readers run into difficulty — this compact “primer” gives readers the basic tools they need to explore philosophical reading and writing for the first time. Provides insights and strategies for helping readers get started with reading, thinking about, and discussing philosophical concepts and writing short philosophical essays about what they've been reading and thinking; includes a new chapter that illustrates techniques for probing beneath the expository surface of a given question to uncover the inevitable structure of presuppositions and problems underlying it.
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Table of Contents
1. The Philosophical Impulse and Where It Leads.
2. Philosophy in Action: A Case Study.
3. Engaging the Argument: Form.
4. Minding One's Modifiers: Form with Finesse.
5. Engaging the Argument: Content.
6. Philosophical Essays: Critical Examination of a View.
7. Five Ways to Criticize a Philosopher.
8. Definitions, Analogies, and Thought Experiments.
9. Philosophical Essays: Adjudication of a Dispute.
10. Philosophical Essays: Solving a Problem.
11. Diving for Questions: Beneath the Expository Surface.
12. Philosophical Essays: Defense of an Original Thesis.
13. Six Ways to Read a Philosopher.
Notes to the Passages.