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Reading Philosophy: Selected Texts with a Method for Beginners

ISBN: 978-0-631-23438-8
312 pages
November 2002, ©2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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This flexible introductory textbook explores several key themes in philosophy, and helps the reader learn to engage with the key arguments by introducing and analysing a selection of classic readings.

  • Fully integrated introductory text with readings for beginning students of philosophy.
  • Each chapter focusses on a core philosophical topic, and contains an introduction to the topic, 2 classic readings and interactive commentaries on the readings.
  • An introductory book which doesn't merely tell the reader about the subject, but requires them to engage philosophically with the text.
  • A pedagogical resource developed in the classroom by the authors at the University of London.
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Preface.

Introduction.

1. Doubt.

2. Self.

3. Tragedy.

4. Equality.

5. Dilemma.

6. Identity.

7. Freedom.

8. Causality.

9. Qualities.

Essay/Examination Questions.

Further Reading.

Index.
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Samuel Guttenplan is a Reader in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of The Languages of Logic (2nd edn, Blackwell, 1997), editor of A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind (Blackwell, 1994) and executive editor of the journal Mind & Language.

Jennifer Hornsby taught philosophy at Oxford from 1978 to 1994, when she moved to Birkbeck College, as Professor. Her chief areas of publication are the philosophy of mind, action and language. She has also written about the impact of feminism on philosophy.

Christopher Janaway was educated at Oxford and has taught for the past twenty years at Birkbeck College, where he is currently Professor of Philosophy. His chief areas of publication are aesthetics, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

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  • Fully integrated introductory text with readings for beginning students of philosophy.
  • Each chapter focusses on a core philosophical topic, and contains an introduction to the topic, 2 classic readings and interactive commentaries on the readings.
  • An introductory book which doesn't merely tell the reader about the subject, but requires them to engage philosophically with the text.
  • A pedagogical resource developed in the classroom by the authors at the University of London.
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"Reading Philosophy is an excellent introduction to philosophy, especially as it is practiced in the analytic tradition. I know of no other text which introduces students to the practice of philosophy as this one does." Roger P. Ebertz, University of Dubuque <!--end-->

"The book is very well done, with an attractive combination of breadth and depth. Too often, introductory textbooks are comprehensive at the cost of serious attention to important specifics. This book helps the introductory student get down to the careful work of doing philosophy." David Sosa, University of Texas at Austin

"Reading Philosophy is useful and rewarding, and a natural for the philosophy shelves of any academic or academic's collection." Reference Reviews, 2003

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