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Published: 03 November 2011

688 Pages


ISBN: 9780195342604

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Great Philosophical Arguments

An Introduction to Philosophy

Lewis Vaughn

  • The only book that is systematically organized around philosophical arguments-it explores 34 philosophical arguments in depth through pro/con organization of 78 classic and contemporary readings.
  • Pro/con arguments approach focuses students' attention on argumentation and gives them clear points of reference for navigating material in which they often get lost-helps them understand the interplay of argument and counterargument among articles and authors. The best examples of this can be found in Argument 2: The Design Argument from Analogy, Argument 12: Nagel's Bat Argument against Mind-Body Identity, and Argument 20: Argument for Cultural Relativism.
  • A substantial introductory chapter explains the philosophical enterprise, shows why it's essential for a full understanding of the world, defines fundamental concepts, and covers the basics of reading, constructing, and evaluating arguments.
  • Each chapter opens with an extensive introduction to the key issues and arguments.
  • Essay questions at the end of each argument section and chapter help draw students into reflection on, and evaluation of, the arguments and the related readings.
  • Each chapter contains a list of key terms (linked to an end-of-book glossary) and suggestions for further reading.
  • Chapters 1-6 feature text boxes discussing the life and work of prominent philosophers.
  • Appendix on How to Write an Argumentative Essay
  • An Instructor's Manual and Testbank on CD features chapter summaries, reading summaries, lecture outlines in PowerPoint format, and objective test questions for use in exams or midterms. A Companion Website for both students and instructors at includes all the material from the Instructor's Manual and Testbank, and such resources for students as study questions, interactive quizzes, flashcards with key words, and helpful web links.

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