Archetypes of Wisdom An Introduction to Philosophy, Cloth Edition (with CD-ROM and InfoTrac)

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/25/2003
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Featuring Douglas J. Soccio's lucid and conversational prose and a well-chosen, reader-friendly array of succinct excerpts from canonical primary sources, ARCHETYPES OF WISDOM brings philosophy to life for its readers through the examination of many paradigmatic philosophies and philosophers. Very much a student-focused book that speaks out of Soccio's non-condescending desire to speak to students where they "are" and not where they "should be," ARCHETYPES OF WISDOM includes numerous pedagogical illustrations and features (Philosophical Queries, a Marginal Glossary, Chapter Summaries, End-of-Chapter Questions for Reflection, to name a few) to make this often-times daunting subject the approachable and engaging subject it ought to be. The Sixth Edition represents a careful revision, with all changes made by Soccio to enhance and refresh the book's reader-praised search-for-wisdom motif. In particular, this edition features new coverage of Lao-Tzu; expanded, chapter-length treatment of Kierkegaard; and an engaging introduction to the complex landscape of philosophy in the twentieth century focusing on the two archetypal thinkers of this time period: Wittgenstein and Heidegger. Soccio's lauded prose is also enhanced in this Sixth Edition by the text's new full-color design. The text is supported by an unmatched array of teaching and learning resources that include CengageNOW-a powerful online tutorial and course management system, and dynamic easy-to-use lecture and class preparation tools exclusive to Wadsworth, a part of Cengage Learning.

Table of Contents

Philosophy and the Search for Wisdom
Overview of Classical Themes
The Asian Sages: Lao-tzu, Confucius, and Buddha
The Presocratic Sophos
The Sophist: Protagoras
The Wise Man: Socrates
The Philosopher-King: Plato
The Naturalist: Aristotle
The Stoic: Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius
The Scholar: Thomas Aquinas
Overview of Modern Themes
The Rationalist: RenT Descartes
The Skeptic
The Universalist
The Utilitarian
The Materialist
The Existentialist
The Pragmatist
The Anti-Philosopher
The Twentieth Century
Bibliography of Interesting Sources
Index of Margin Quotes
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