About the Book

Introducing Philosophy: A Text with Integrated Readings, Tenth Edition is a thorough introduction to the core problems of philosophy. Organized topically, the chapters present alternative perspectives—including analytic, continental, feminist, and non-Western viewpoints—alongside the historical works of major philosophers. The text provides the course materials that allow instructors and students to focus on a variety of philosophical issues and let them arrive at their own conclusions, which should be based on arguments in class and with classmates, as well as on the discussions in this book. The book presupposes no background in the subject and no special abilities. The purpose of philosophy is to encourage each person to think for himself or herself; no single source of arguments or information can take the place of personal dialogues and discussions. A textbook is ultimately a sourcebook—everything in it is to be taken as a cause for further argument, not as a final statement of results.

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