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A key introductory philosophy textbook, making use of an innovative, interactivetechnique for reading philosophical texts
Reading Philosophy: Selected Texts with a Method for Beginners, Second Edition, providesa unique approach to reading philosophy, requiringstudentsto engage with material as they read.It contains carefully selectedtexts, commentaries on those texts, and questions for the reader to think about as she reads. It serves as starting points forbothclassroom discussion and independent study. The texts cover awide range of topics drawn fromdiverseareas of philosophicalinvestigation, ranging over ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, aesthetics, andpolitical philosophy.
This edition has been updated and expanded. New chaptersdiscussthe moral significance of friendship and love, the subjective nature of consciousnessandthe ways that science might explore conscious experience. And there are new texts and commentary in chapters on doubt, self and moral dilemmas.
- Guides readers through the experience of active, engaged philosophical reading
- Presents significant texts, contextualized for newcomers to philosophy
- Includeswritings byphilosophersfrom antiquity to thelate 20 th -century
- Contains commentary that providesthe context and backgroundnecessaryfor discussion and argument
- Prompts readers to think through specific questionsandto reach their own conclusions
This book is an ideal resource for beginning students in philosophy, as well as for anyone wishing to engage with the subject on their own.