An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415157926
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'Anyone who wishes to familiarize himself with the methods and approaches to philosophy current in universities in England and the United States will find this book a useful guide.' - Philosophical Studies

'This is quite simply the best introductory philosophy book there is.' - Stephen Priest, University of Edinburgh

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This text provides an in-depth, problem-oriented introduction to philosophical analysis using an extremely clear, readable approach. The Fourth Edition only updates coverage throughout the book, but also restores the introductory chapter--Words and the World--the most distinguished, widely acclaimed feature of the first two editions. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 4 edition (January 23, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415157927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415157926
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have read the second and third editions of this book, but not the latest (the fourth), nor have I examined the fourth edition, but I am sure that it respects the fine didactic quality of the prior editions. The author though has decreased the page count since the second edition, which was over 500 pages, to the third, which was 416 pages, to this one, which reads as 282 pages. I thought the second edition was better than the third, because it was more in-depth in its coverage. The author possibly feels that many of the philosophical problems which he addressed with more detail in prior editions do not need the coverage they do in this one.
The author though is a fine writer, and this book is written for the person first taking up philosophy. His informal style effectively relates the issues at hand without getting the beginning reader into too much heavy formalism. All of the issues discussed by the author are of enormous importance for living, especially in the twenty-first century which I see as a testing ground for many of these. Philosophy is making its way to the meeting rooms of industry, due to the need for ethical considerations in medicine and genetic engineering, the role of virtual and simulation environments currently used in industry, and the continuing rapid advances in artificial intelligence, to name just a few. Many, many more new philosophical problems will arise as technology races ahead, and the new minds of the twenty-first century, both natural and artificial, will have their own unique viewpoints on the solutions to these problems.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Hosper's "An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis" was
the text for a philosophy course I took a long time ago
-- 1965. I have had kept it in my library ever since.
It serves me as a reference and periodic refresher on the
terminology and principle issues of Western philosophy. If
you keep forgetting the true meaning of ontology, deism,
epiphenomenalism, the emotive theory of ethics, etc., this
is the book for you. If you get into arguments in any
of these areas, buy this book! Hospers uses practical
examples from everyday life and mixes in some clever wit
here and there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
John Hospers has retired from his professorship at a major university, but his impact will continue to be felt in generations to come. He is truly one of the giants in American philosophy. His works are standard textbooks in colleges across the land, and his students will be influencing American thought forever. His books are musts for anyone wanting to understand philosophy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bilal Masood on July 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a beginner and amateur in this area, I found this book to be extremely intersting and informative. In an informal and light style, uncharacteristic of the philosphy books, the author gives you a very comprehensive introduction of the most fundamental issues in philosophy. Apart from its narrative style, what I liked about this book was its organization. Putting the chapter on 'language and reality' right in the beginning of the book is a great help both for beginning students and amateurs. It clears up a lot of issues that would otherwise have caused a lot of confusion later on. Unlike many other philosophy books that would discuss religion in their first chapter, mostly to get it out of the way, this author postpones this discussion to the end to ensure that you have the requisite knowledge of the fundamentals of language, logic, epiestimology before you enter into this debate. Another strong point is its unbiased discussion of most issues. For the most part, the book simply lays out different theories and points of views about any issue, with their strengths and weaknesses and lets you draw your own conclusions.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Goodman on July 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
In the world of philosophy, which I must admit my knowledge of has soley come from John Hospers, the author of this book and a dable or two in Plato and Baccon, good gritty language and a humorouse remark or two can take you a long way. Fortunately John has gone well past these primative tools in authorship to give the reader an objective view on Philosophical analisys. By far my heaviest read in the humanities, this is not a sunday afternoon read. To read a book such as this, it leaves one pondering themselves on the questions most people had never thought to answer. This makes the reader feel the subject is seriouse however far from laboriouse. Johns approach in this sense is remarkable in that the wordage used is as concise as possible however with the daring to use personalstyle in conveying the real message. Philosophy isnt a chore. John makes this evident. There are no deffinate answers. A message I personaly felt throughout the book. There are labels for the definate, there are approaches for the deffinate truth, with obstacles such as ethics, sceptisism, morals, and the ethos of religeon to further inhance the need to ask. To ask and re-ask new questions to open new vistas and mental oppertunities in life. While you may truly fervour your beliefs, it is however ritiouse to still understand why five billion other people may have quite shockingly different ones. An introduction to philosophical analisys is one way to realise this. This simply isn't just a text book for students, but a guide. Written with the gusto of plato. Do not teach philosophy, show someone how to teach themselves.
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