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Introducing Philosophy: A Text with Integrated Readings, Ninth Edition, is an exciting and accessible introduction to core philosophical problems and the many ways in which they are, and have been, answered. Insisting both that philosophy is very much alive today and that it is also deeply rooted in the past, acclaimed teacher and author Robert C. Solomon combines substantial selections from significant works in the history of philosophy with excerpts from current philosophy, clarifying the readings and providing context with his own detailed commentary and explanation. Spanning 2,500 years, the selections range from the oldest known fragments to cutting-edge essays in feminism, multiculturalism, and cognitive science. They include work by a multitude of prominent thinkers, from Plato, Confucius, René Descartes, and Immanuel Kant to Emma Goldman, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, and Malcolm X. Organized topically, the chapters present alternative perspectives--including analytic, continental, feminist, and non-Western viewpoints--alongside the historical works of major philosophers; this juxtaposition encourages students to carefully evaluate the theories themselves. Topics covered include the nature of reality, the existence and nature of God, the possibility of human knowledge, the mystery of the self, the problem of consciousness, the essence of freedom, ethics and morality, and the nature of truth. The ninth edition has been streamlined to make it more accessible to students. Featuring new selections by Phillip Bricker, Martin Heidegger, Friedrich Nietzsche, Judith Orr, Amartya Sen, Tara Smith, Galen Strawson, and Malcolm X, it also offers new translations of several of the Nietzsche excerpts. Introducing Philosophy, Ninth Edition, incorporates numerous pedagogical features including more than 300 review questions that appear throughout the text at the end of each chapter. Each chapter ends with a summary, a list of key terms, and a bibliography with suggestions for further reading. Key philosophical terms are carefully introduced in the text (and boldfaced at their first appearance) and also summarized in the glossary at the end of the book. Brief biographies of the philosophers discussed in the text are provided at the end of the book. A Companion Website at www.oup.com/us/solomon9e offers valuable resources for students and instructors. An Instructor's Manual --in both print and CD editions--is available to adopters.
Table of Contents
|New to this edition|
|Each chapter ends with a Summary and Conclusion|
|Chapter Review Questions|
|Bibliography, and Further Reading|
|History of Philosophy|
|Aristophanes, from The Clouds|
|Plato, from The Apology; from The Crito; from The Phaedo; from The Republic|
|What Is Philosophy?|
|Plato, from The Apology|
|Karl Jaspers, from "The 'Axial Period'"|
|Tao Te Ching|
|A Modern Approach to Philosophy|
|Rene Descartes, from Discourse on Method|
|Argument by Analogy|
|Necessary and Sufficient Conditions, "Logical Possibility," and Arguments by Counter-example|
|Reductio ad Absurdum|
|The Most Insidious Kinds of Fallacies|
|The World And Beyond|
|"The Way The World Really Is"|
|Aristotle, from Metaphysics|
|The First Greek Philosophers|
|The Ionian Naturalists|
|Monism, Materialism, and Immaterial "Stuff"|
|Democritus, Atoms, and Pluralism|
|The Appearance/Reality Distinction|
|Parmenides, from Fragments|
|Ultimate Reality in the East: India, Persia, and China|
|Reality as Spirit: The Upanishads|
|Reality, Good, and Evil: Zarathustra|
|Confucius, from The Analects|
|Lao-zi, or the Poets of the Dao De Jing|
|Lao-zi, from Dao De Jing|
|Buddha, from "Fire-Sermon"|
|Two Kinds of Metaphysics: Plato and Aristotle|
|Plato, from The Symposium; from The Republic; from The Meno|
|Aristotle, from Metaphysics; from Physics; from Metaphysics|
|Rene Descartes, On Substance; from "Meditation VI"|
|Benedictus de Spinoza|
|Benedictus de Spinoza, from Ethics|
|Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz|
|Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, from Monadology|
|From "The Fundamental Question of Metaphysics"|
|On the Plurality of Worlds|
|What is Religion?|
|On the Design of the Universe|
|From "What Is Religion?"|
|The Traditional Conception of God|
|Proving God: The Ontological Argument|
|On the Ontological Argument|
|Rene Descartes, on the Ontological Argument|
|Immanuel Kant, Against the Ontological Argument|
|On the Ontological Argument|
|God as Creator: Intelligence and Design|
|Aquinas, on the Cosmological Argument|
|On the "Fifth Way"|
|On an Imperfect Universe|
|From The Mind of God|
|On the "Fine-Tuning" Argument|
|Religion and "Practical Reason"|
|On God and Morality|
|From "The Will to Believe"|
|The Problem of Evil|
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