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An Introduction to the Love of Wisdom: An Essential and Existential Approach to Philosophy Paperback – August 28, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0761830061 ISBN-10: 0761830065

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of America (August 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761830065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761830061
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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There is always a need for a good textbook which can be used in an introductory course in philosophy, and Professor James Harold's 'An Introduction to the Love of Wisdom' succeeds in meeting that need in many significant ways. (D.Q. McInerny, Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, Lincoln, Nebraska Fellowship Of Catholic Scholars Quarterly)

There is always a need for a good textbook which can be used in an introductory course in philosophy, and Professor James Harold's 'An Introduction to the Love of Wisdom' succeeds in meeting that need in many significant ways. (D.Q. McInerny, Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, Lincoln, Nebraska Fellowship Of Catholic Scholars Quarterly)

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James A. Harold is Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy Department Chair at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Professor Harold holds a doctorate in Philosophy from the International Academy of Philosophy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Howell on October 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Although this book is reported as not yet available, a paperback edition already exists and can be purchased from Franciscan University of Steubenville where Dr. Harold is head of the undergraduate department of philosophy. As a former student of Harold's, I have anxiously awaited the publication of this book. A "prototype" to this work was actually utilized in one of Dr. Harold's classes during my time as a student and I have long-awaited its final form and publication. Dr. Harold meticulously brings us in touch with the foundations of wisdom and the love of wisdom that is natural to the innate structure of human beings. I recommend this book to anyone seeking a greater fulfillment to life and a desire to connect with the Wisdom of the Ages!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Noelle Huling on July 5, 2011
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I was assigned this book for my epistemology class with Dr. Harold (the author, incidentally) and was very impressed by it. Dr. Harold shows himself a wonderful teacher in person, and an even better teacher in writing. This book is clear, concise, and straightforward, with down-to-earth language and easy-to-follow examples. His idea is to provide an introduction to philosophy: both what it is to be a philosopher and what the main philosophical ideas have been in history. He teaches with simplicity, but also very effectively, a rare skill in a philosopher especially. He clearly has a love of wisdom and a passion to teach. If you are not lucky enough to study under him, I trust you will have the opportunity to benefit from his gentle and patient teaching style from this book. It is excellent for anyone (student or not!) who wishes to learn more about philosophy. Highly recommended.

In support of Dr. Harold, he complained on the first day of class that he had no idea upon assigning the book that the publishers would charge as much as they do. I'm sure he would prefer the price to be lower, as would I. Nevertheless, this book is valuable to for anyone interested in learning more about philosophy. As a last note, the book ends with several useful appendixes, one of which explains in great detail how to write a good philosophy paper. Dr. Harold certainly spared no pains to make this resource as helpful as possible.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nadine on July 19, 2011
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This book was one of two books I was assigned in my Introduction to Philosophy class. Out of the two books, this one was the less enjoyable. It does cover all the aspects of philosophy and is a good introduction BUT, for an introduction class, I didn't enjoy it as much as the other one. Also, personally, I don't think Philosophy is going to be one of my major interests because I disagreed with a lot of the content and also did not appreciate the author using Nazi Germany as the only evil in contrast to the good all humans should strive for. There was more evil in history and choosing this example as the only one in the book is rather biased, especially because the event of the inquisition would have made the discussion about an absolute being known as God more interesting.
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