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Published: 01 October 2020

528 Pages

8 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780190081515

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Living Philosophy

A Historical Introduction to Philosophical Ideas

Third Edition

Lewis Vaughn

  • A comprehensive introductory chapter lays the groundwork for philosophical thinking
  • "Then and Now," "Details," and "Portrait" boxes throughout the text demonstrate the value and relevance of philosophy
  • Additional pedagogical aids--chapter objectives and summaries, marginal critical thinking questions, essay/discussion questions, and a glossary--make the material even more engaging and accessible
  • In-depth coverage of philosophical writing includes step-by-step coaching in argument basics and multiple opportunities to hone critical thinking skills
  • Charts, tables, and color photos keep students visually engaged
  • A "How to Write a Philosophy Paper" appendix offers concise, step-by-step guidance in crafting an effective philosophical essay

New to this Edition:

  • A completely revised chapter on the contemporary period (Chapter 17) takes on some of the most pressing, complex issues of twenty-first century life, addressed by many of the freshest voices: Kwame Anthony Appiah, cosmopolitanism; Martha Nussbaum, religious tolerance; Lawrence Blum, racism; Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights; David Chalmers, consciousness and zombies; Stephen Gardiner, climate change; and Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous, deconstruction
  • A revised chapter on the meaning of life (Chapter 18) discusses in more depth the views of both subjectivists and objectivists and critiques reasons often given for thinking that life is meaningless
  • Additional online resources at the end of each chapter supplement the books and papers already listed in "For Further Reading"
  • A new appendix on deductive and inductive arguments covers basic deductive argument patterns and explains how to evaluate enumerative inductions, analogical induction, and inference to the best explanation
  • Additional readings include Plato's Euthyphro and selections from Donald Robertson, Lawrence Blum, David Chalmers, Stephen Gardiner and Iddo Landau

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