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Philosophy Here and Now

Powerful Ideas in Everyday Life

Fourth Edition

Lewis Vaughn

Publication Date - June 2021

ISBN: 9780197543412

528 pages

Retail Price to Students: $99.95

In lucid, engaging prose, this unique introduction relates the perennial questions of philosophy to students' lives today


Philosophy Here and Now: Powerful Ideas in Everyday Life, Fourth Edition, is a topically organized hybrid text/reader that helps students understand, appreciate, and even do philosophy. The book emphasizes philosophical writing, reinforced with step by step coaching in how to write argumentative essays and supported by multiple opportunities to hone critical thinking. It shows students how philosophy applies to their own lives and brings the subject to life with engaging chapter ending literary selections, abundant illustrations, and a wealth of pedagogical features.

New to this Edition

  • Exciting new digital resources including an interactive eBook and 18 animated video tutorials
  • Updated and expanded discussions of the mind-body problem, aesthetics, religion, and the meaning of life
  • New sections on obstacles to critical thinking and ethical principlism
  • New text boxes on a variety of engaging topics: pandemic ethics, feminist critiques of Western religion, universal basic income, modern Platonism, perfectionism and the meaning of life, and survey data about religious belief
  • A new appendix on evaluating online sources
  • Increased gender balance and diversity throughout the text


  • Successfully emphasizes the relevance of philosophy as a living discipline through a topical approach
  • Introduces timely discussion on AI and human rights
  • Writing is clear, accessible, and at an appropriate level for introductory students
  • Comprehensive and well organized
  • Variety of pedagogical devices effectively keeps students engaged
  • End-of-chapter narrative pieces allow students to apply philosophical concepts

About the Author(s)

Lewis Vaughn is the author or coauthor of several textbooks, including Bioethics, Fourth Edition (2019); The Power of Critical Thinking, Sixth Edition (2018); Philosophy Here and Now, Third Edition (2018); Writing Philosophy, Second Edition (2018); and Living Philosophy, Second Edition (2017).

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Philosophy and You
    Chapter 2: God and Religion
    Chapter 3: Morality and the Moral Life
    Chapter 4: Mind and Body
    Chapter 5: Free Will and Determinism
    Chapter 6: Knowledge and Skepticism
    Chapter 7: Aesthetics
    Chapter 8: The Just Society
    Chapter 9: The Meaning of Life