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Wonder and Critical Reflection An Invitation to Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0130400416
ISBN-13: 9780130400413
Edition: 2001
List price: $55.40
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Description: For use as the first text in Introduction to Philosophy courses. Using honesty, enthusiasm, and humor, this text addresses and answers questions posed by students new to the study of philosophyabout how critical philosophy is, the kinds of  More...

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Book details

List price: $55.40
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

For use as the first text in Introduction to Philosophy courses. Using honesty, enthusiasm, and humor, this text addresses and answers questions posed by students new to the study of philosophyabout how critical philosophy is, the kinds of questions it raises, its cultural and social value, and the applicability of philosophy to their lives. Philosophy gives examples of a wide variety of thinkers from the ancientsSocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Diogenes, Guatama Siddhartha, up to twentieth-century thinkers including Wittgenstein, Sartre, deBeauvoir, Roger Scruton, and Iris Murdoch. Each chapter contains a brief summary of major themes, an introductory student-voiced dialogue, a clarifying discussion, and questions for further reflection. The upbeat tone encourages students to begin thinking philosophically about issues of personal interest, such as the nature of freedom and the understanding of the self.

The Idea of Philosophy
Three Common Temptations
Philosophy as Cultural Criticism
Philosophy as Cultural Conservation
Philosophy and the Labyrinth of Language
Freedom and Self-Determination
The Search for the Authentic Self
Questions, Questions and More Questions!

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