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Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings, 8th Edition
Introduce your students to philosophy with the most widely used, trusted, and comprehensive topically organized collection of classical and contemporary readings available.
Easy to use for both students and instructors, Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings incorporates boldfaced key terms (listed after each reading and defined in the glossary), a “Logical Toolkit,” a guide to writing philosophy papers, and study questions after each reading selection. The eighth edition features nine new selections that broaden the book’s scope to include work by non Western philosophers and contemporary women philosophers.
I K this anthology we have collected a variety of readings for use in a course or sequence of courses designed to introduce students to philosophy. We have based the selection on various introductory courses at Stanford University and the University of California, Riverside. These courses are built a round classic texts supple, nested by shorter selections fron1 the past and present. We have included in this anthology not only texts that we have found successful, but others that a survey of colleagues at other institutions have identified as suitable. Thus, the total nun1ber of selections is larger than can reasonably be covered in even a two-quarter sequence, and instructors will want to pick those that fit their approach.
We have included sone footnotes fron1 the original selections but have eliminated others.
In some cases, footnotes were eliminated because they could not be understood in the context of the selection; in other cases, this was done simply to save space. The remaining footnotes have been renun1bered.
Punctuation and other matters of style have been altered to conforn1 to American conventions, with a couple of exceptions. In cases in which quotation n1arks are clearly used for, mentioning linguistic iten1s-and the author’s practice indicates an intent to note this specific use of such marks-punctuation that is not pa rt of the mentioned item has not been moved inside the marks. In other cases, single quotes have been le ft where they would normally be replaced by double quotes, since they appeared to be making a distinction of in1portance to the author.
Part VII, “Puzzles and Paradoxes,” consists of short statements of some fan1ous, interesting, and philosophically relevant mind-benders. We have found these mind-benders useful in several ways in introducing students to philosophy: as paper assignments, as subjects for the odd short lecture after an exam or a vacation, as challenges for motivated students, or as materials to be worked into other sections of the book. We hope others find them as much fun to teach with as we have. We are grateful to Carl Ginet of Cornell University who shared with us his experience of using such puzzles to introduce students to philosophy.
College students of the present era tend to be preoccupied with preparation for a career-a preoccupation one can hardly criticize, given the expense of a college education and the concerns of parents as well as a civilization that is rich in opportunities for those who are technically prepared and full of pitfalls for those who are not. But, for n1ost students, college will be the only opportunity to address the enduring problen1s of human existence; to examine carefully and thoughtfully the beliefs and values inherited from culture and parents; to gain an appreciation of the unsettled questions at the foundations of
science and culture; and to develop habits of orderly, but imaginative, thinking. It is the job of the teacher of philosophy to encourage and assist students in taking advantage of this opportunity, and we feel there could be few callings as exciting and fulfilling. We hope this anthology will be of Sonje value to our like-minded colleagues.