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About the Book

Combines exceptionally clear explanations with excerpts of works from Western philosophy and alternative perspectives

Introducing Philosophy: A Text with Integrated Readings, Eleventh Edition, is an exciting, accessible, and thorough introduction to the core questions of philosophy and the many ways in which they are, and have been, answered. The authors combine substantial selections from significant works in the history of philosophy with excerpts from current philosophy, clarifying the readings and providing context with their own detailed commentary and explanation. Spanning 2,500 years, the selections range from the oldest known fragments to cutting-edge contemporary essays. Organized topically, the chapters present alternative perspectives—including analytic, continental, feminist, and non-Western viewpoints—alongside the historical works of major Western philosophers.

New to the Eleventh Edition of Introducing Philosophy:

  • A separate chapter on "Truth and Relativism" (Chapter 4), introduces students to the major theories of truth through selections from Immanuel Kant, Brand Blanshard, Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and Alfred Tarski
  • Sixteen new readings including work by Simone de Beauvoir, Mary Daly, Victor A. Gunasekara, Cory Juhl, David Lewis, María Lugones, Dierdre McClosky, Derek Parfit, Jean-Paul Sartre, Tara Smith, and Elizabeth V. Spelman
  • Additional discussion of recent trends in analytic metaphysics (Chapter 1) and philosophical zombies (Chapter 5)

Features of Introducing Philosophy:

  • Approximately 280 images that illustrate key concepts and encapsulate famous philosophical figures
  • More than 100 brief profiles of philosophers interspersed throughout the text
  • Discussion questions, a summary, and a bibliography with suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter
  • Questions at the end of every subsection and additional chapter-ending review questions
  • Marginal quotations from the featured readings
  • Key philosophical terms, boldfaced in the text and collected at the end of each chapter

Praise for Introducing Philosophy:

"Introducing Philosophy's greatest strength is its vast, comprehensive scope. In most of its chapters it generally leaves no stone unturned, moving from Greco-Roman antiquity all the way to the living present, and incorporating elements from literary, theological, and Eastern religious-philosophic traditions."
—Marcos Arandia, North Lake College

"I am most impressed with the diversity of authors and ideas. I was thrilled to see the traditional classic Western works, along with feminist and Eastern philosophy.”
—Jennifer Caseldine-Bracht, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

"This book is a fine mixture of both excellent primary text selection and commentary by the authors. The breadth of subject matter and variety of perspectives makes it accommodating for just about any approach (e.g, topical, existential, continental, analytic, etc.)."
—Mark D. Sadler, Northeast Lakeview College

"The writing style is beautiful, fluid, and very accessible. It's one of the main reasons that I use this text. The coverage is great. I especially appreciate the many sections, in several chapters, on existentialist philosophers and Eastern philosophers."
—Ellen B. Stansell, Austin Community College



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