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The Philosopher's Way: Thinking Critically About Profound Ideas, 3/e, inspires students to think like a philosopher. Integrated readings, interspersed with commentary, guide students in their understanding of the topics, while critical thinking activities challenge students to go beyond their reading and explore the connections philosophy has on their everyday lives.
This is an intelligently planned and well done introduction to philosophy for college students. The selection of philosophers and schools is very wide, and Chaffee's commentaries are exactly to the mark for textbook's audience. Chaffee introduces students to steps and activities towards critical thinking about the philosophical issues in the readings, and there are guides and examples for students' own critical thinking and writing throughout the textbook.
Full-color visuals bring topics to life, and writing examples give students a foundation for their own philosophical exploration.
Table of Contents
what is philosophy?
THINKING PHILOSOPHICALLY ABOUT LIFE 3
1.1 Why Study Philosophy? 4
1.2 Defining Philosophy 6
Philosophy Is the Pursuit of Wisdom 6
Philosophy Begins with Wonder 8
Philosophy Is a Dynamic Process 8
The Ultimate Aim of Philosophy 9
1.3 Thinking Philosophically: Becoming a Critical Thinker 9
Thinking Philosophically What Is Your Philosophy of Life? 11
Qualities of a Critical Thinker 12
Thinking Philosophically Who Are Your Models of Critical Thinking? 12
The Process of Critical Thinking 13
Thinking Philosophically Applying the Critical Thinking Model 16
1.4 Understanding Arguments 16
The Structure of Arguments 17
Evaluating Arguments 18
Deductive Arguments 20
Inductive Arguments 21
Informal Fallacies 22
Thinking Philosophically Evaluating Arguments 24
1.5 Branches of Philosophy 24