About the Book

Philosophy Here and Now: Powerful Ideas in Everyday Life is a hybrid text/reader that helps students understand, appreciate, and even do philosophy. The book emphasizes philosophical writing, reinforced with step-by-step coaching in how to write argumentative essays and supported by multiple opportunities to hone critical thinking. It shows students how philosophy applies to their own lives and brings the subject to life with engaging chapter-ending literary selections, abundant illustrations, and a wealth of pedagogical features.


  • A comprehensive introductory chapter lays the groundwork for philosophical thinking

  • Six types of text boxes—“Philosophy Now,” “Philosophers at Work,” “Philosophy Lab,” “What Do You Believe,” “Writing to Understand: Critiquing Philosophical Views,” and “Writing to Understand: Arguing Your Own Views” demonstrate the value and relevance of philosophy

  • Additional pedagogical elements make the material even more engaging and accessible. These include marginal critical-thinking questions, marginal quotes, a timeline, key terms (boldfaced at their first appearance and listed and defined at the end of each chapter), marginal definitions, and a glossary.

  • Charts, tables, and color photos keep students visually engaged

  • Fictional or narrative selections—followed by “Probing Questions”—at the end of each chapter explore and dramatize the philosophical issues discussed

  • A “How to Write a Philosophy Paper” appendix offers concise, step-by-step guidance in crafting an effective philosophical essay

  • An Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank on CD and a Companion Website provide additional resources


“Philosophy Here and Now fully relates philosophy to students’ lives and teaches them how to do philosophy. Students are encouraged to think critically and to write from the standpoint of doing analytic work and structuring argumentation effectively.”
– Michael Sturm, Kishwaukee College

“Lewis Vaughn’s style is exemplary. It is clear, engaging, concise, and logical—and by far more student-friendly than similar textbooks.”
– Gary Pagels, Northwest Community College

Philosophy Here and Now shows students that philosophy is a way of life that concerns issues of great import that every human being will have to face at some time or other. The book’s pedagogical features do an excellent job of engaging students in a ‘real-world’ context.”
– Marcos Arandia, North Lake College

“I have not encountered a text that does a better job of explaining difficult concepts and also challenging students on their own views.”
– Jesse A. Switzer, University of Mississippi

“Vaughn’s examples from literature and real-life situations are engaging, diverse, and illuminating.”
– David Lopez, American River College

“The pedagogical features are far superior to the text I currently use. This is an excellent introductory philosophy text with emphasis on logic and on applications of philosophical ideas to real-life situations.”
– Ruth E. Zollars, Neosho County Community College

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