The Philosopher's Way Thinking Critically About Profound Ideas

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-06
  • Publisher: Pearson
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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.

Author Biography

John Chaffee, Ph.D., is a Professor of Philosophy at The City University of New York where he has developed a program in Philosophy and Critical Thinking which involves 25 faculty and 3,000 students annually. He is a nationally recognized figure in the area of critical thinking, having authored several leading books, many professional articles and conducted numerous conference presentations and workshops throughout the country. In developing programs to teach people to think more effectively in all academic subjects and areas of life, he has received grants from The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Ford Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. He was selected as New York Educator of the Year (1992) and received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Diversity in Teaching in Higher Education (1998).

Table of Contents

what is philosophy?
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

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Required Textbook March 23, 2011
Required reading for beginning philosophy students. Another thing is the textbook was in "like new" condition and was worth the money. It was a better purchase than from the college bookstore!
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Cheaptextbooks February 14, 2011
This book teaches you to look at philosophy in your own way. Teaches you how to come to conclusions about the ideas of the philosophers. Also this is the greatest price I have found for this book.
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