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Instructor Resources

This Instructor’s Manual supplies a great deal of useful material to supplement the pedagogy already present in the text.

The text contains:

  • Eight chapters that cover the existence of God, morality and the moral life, mind and body, free will and determinism, knowledge and skepticism, political philosophy, and the meaning of life.

  • Topics that are explored in 70 traditional and contemporary readings integrated into the main text, featuring both the indispensable standard readings as well as newer selections.

  • A comprehensive introductory chapter that lays the groundwork for philosophical thinking. Through examples drawn from philosophical literature and everyday life, this chapter explains clearly the nature and scope of philosophy and how it relates to students’ lives. It also shows how to devise and evaluate arguments and guides students in critically thinking, reading, and writing about philosophical issues. Argument exercises and answers come at the end of the chapter.

  • An appendix on how to write a philosophy paper.

  • Marginal critical thinking questions that correspond to relevant passages in the main text or readings.

  • Several kinds of text boxes meant to drive home lessons about the value and relevance of philosophy:
    “Philosophy Now”
    “What Do You Believe?”
    “Writing to Understand: Critiquing Philosophical Views”
    “Writing to Understand: Arguing Your Own Views”
    “Philosophers at Work”
    “Philosophy Lab”

  • A fiction piece or other narrative at the end of each chapter, accompanied by essay/discussion questions.

  • Many other elements that make the material even more engaging and accessible:
    Marginal quotes
    Key terms and end-of-book glossary
    End-of-chapter reviews
    Chapter objectives
    Index of marginal quotes
    Bibliographies
    Time line
    Charts, tables, and color photos with captions to prompt critical thinking

This manual includes:

  • Brief summaries of each reading selection (70 in all).

  • Banks of test questions (with answers)—at least 50 questions per chapter: about 30 multiple choice and 20 true/false (many of the multiple choice are also fill-in-the-blank). There are 380 questions in all (the first ten of the multiple choice and the first ten of the true/false are repeated in the online Student Resources).

  • Ten essay/discussion questions per chapter.

  • A glossary of the key terms highlighted in the text.

  • Useful Web links for each chapter.

  • Sample syllabi.

In addition, PowerPoint lecture slides for each chapter (138 slides) are available in the online Instructor’s Resources.

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