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Published: 05 February 2015

496 Pages


ISBN: 9780199920402

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Philosophical Dilemmas

A Pro and Con Introduction to the Major Questions and Philosophers

Fourth Edition

Phil Washburn

  • Each chapter combines a pro and con discussion of a problem with a discussion of two historical figures relevant to the problem. Students learn about great philosophers, and learn how to think about tough questions.
  • The HISTORICAL ESSAYS explain the philosophers' main ideas and briefly present the larger contexts and influences on the philosophers. Specific historical events, biographical details, plain language, and brevity make the essays attractive to beginners.
  • The TOPICAL ESSAYS, in contemporary voices, present opposing points of view on traditional questions. TV talk shows understand that conflicting points of view are inherently dramatic, interesting, and thought-provoking.
  • Discusses and demonstrates critical thinking methods and techniques, encouraging students to think philosophically and critically.
  • Helps students formulate their own worldviews; the essays are written in the style of contemporary, committed advocates, not textbook summaries. They use ordinary language and concrete, real-world examples to make their points. Students can grasp the issue and the arguments. And they understand that they are being asked to make reasoned judgments, not memorize various theories.
  • Includes essays on current controversies such as race, gender, and euthanasia.
  • Moves beyond traditional philosophical problems to include Eastern thought and philosophy.
  • PEDAGOGY: Highlights "key concepts" and "critical questions" at the end of each essay.
  • Features a chronology of historical parallels that links key philosophers to issues discussed in the book.
  • Features an annotated bibliography.
  • Includes a useful list of contemporary sources.
  • Features an appendix on how to write an essay.
  • Includes a glossary