Preface to Philosophy

ISBN-10: 1133050034
ISBN-13: 9781133050032
Edition: 9th 2013
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Book details

List price: $94.95
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

A PREFACE TO PHILOSOPHY, 9E prepares readers for the challenges of studying philosophy and writing philosophical essays. This classic textbook, in print for over thirty years, addresses such foundational topics as discerning philosophical questions, the purpose of philosophy, and the practice of doing philosophy. With its brief, accessible format and conversational writing style, A PREFACE TO PHILOSOPHY, 9E is a perfect compliment to a traditional Introduction to Philosophy textbook.

Preface
A Note to Students
Recognizing Philosophical Issues
Philosophical Problems Involve Fundamental Ideas
Philosophical Problems Involve Questions of Meaning, Truth (Rational Defensibility), and Logical Relations
Philosophical Problems Are Not Straightforwardly Empirical
Two Case Studies
Taking Your First Philosophy Course
Study Questions
Postscript: Divisions of Philosophy
Why Philosophize?
How Philosophers See Their Goals
The Relevance of Philosophy
The Lure of Philosophical Issues
Postscript: Are Gurus Philosophers?
Thinking Critically: Clearing Up Some Misconceptions
Philosophy Is Not Merely Quibbling Over Words
The Choice Between Competing Theories Is Based on Reason and Does Not Require Absolute Certainty
Philosophical Theories Are More Than Personal Beliefs
Why Be Rational? The Cultural Roots of Reason
Critical Thinking
Doing Philosophy: Getting Started
Preparing to Philosophize
What Kind of Claim Is Advanced?
The Claims: A Summary
Exercises
What Is the Meaning of Key Terms?
Exercises
Doing Philosophy: Further Considerations
Do the Arguments Support the Thesis?
Exercises
Are the Premises True?
Are the Assumptions Correct?
Exercises
Are the Logical Consequences Plausible?
Exercises
How Adequate Is the Theory?
Exercises
Five Common Informal Fallacies
Exercises
An Example of Philosophical Analysis: Near-Death Experience
Are Any Informal Fallacies Committed?
An Example of Philosophical Analysis: Equality of Opportunity
Reading Philosophy
Kinds of Philosophical Writings
Preparing to Read Philosophy
Reading for Understanding
Reading Critically
Writing Philosophy
The Nature of a Critical Philosophy Essay
Organizing Your Essay
Achieving Clarity
A Sample Essay
Postscript: A Note on Research Materials
Answers to Exercises
Appendix
Glossary
Index

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