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Published: 29 June 2018

896 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190698720

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Introduction to Philosophy

Classical and Contemporary Readings

Eighth Edition

Edited by John Perry, Michael Bratman, and John Martin Fischer

  • A balanced and comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary works provides instructors with unparalleled flexibility and allows students to compare the major issues in philosophy over time
  • A "Logical Toolkit" lists and explains common terminology used in philosophical reasoning in Part I
  • A "Guide to Writing Philosophy Papers" walks students through the process of composing a sound paper in Part II
  • Substantive Part Introductions offer an insightful roadmap of the philosophical issues addressed in the readings
  • Study Questions following each selection help students focus on and review key points from their reading
  • A unique Part VII on Puzzles and Paradoxes offers intriguing mind-teasers
  • An extensive glossary clearly defines all key terms, which are boldfaced throughout the text and listed at the ends of readings
  • The Ancillary Resource Center (ARC) offers extensive instructor support with an expanded Test Bank, PowerPoint lecture outlines, and an Instructor's Manual featuring brief summaries of all the readings in the book, sample syllabi, and additional study questions
  • A free and open-access Companion Website provides students with easy access to study resources including flashcards, self-quizzes, and discussion questions

New to this Edition:

  • Historical selections by Zhuangzi and Mozi and a contemporary discussion of Zhuangzi by Amy Olberding broaden the contents to include non-Western philosophers
  • Five new pieces by contemporary women philosophers--Patricia Churchland, Marya Schechtman, Agnieszka Jaworska, Amy Olberding, and Jenann Ismael--highlight important work by women in philosophy
  • Plato's Allegory of the Cave adds to the discussion of knowledge and reality

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