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Living Issues in Philosophy 9th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0534247089
ISBN-10: 0534247083
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Used by more than one million students around the world since its original publication, this introductory philosophy text continues to make a wide range of living philosophical issues accessible. Simplifying the technical language of philosophy wherever possible, the book sets forth vital questions of contemporary interest against an overall framework of enduring concepts. Emphasizing personal and immediate questions, the authors approach introductory philosophy through basic human questions rather than focusing on methodology or the history of thought. Issues concerning art, history, and education are woven throughout the book.

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Product Details

  • Series: Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Pub Co; 9th edition (August 19, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534247083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534247089
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a new student of philosophy, I must admit that I was assigned this title as a text in class. Though, as text books go, it is suprisingly thin (450 pages), it is packed with definitions, explanation, comparisons, and reflections. I found it easy to read, and most enjoyed the separate introductions (with quotes) of nearly all leading philosophers throughout history. Also very helpful, the suggested readings (at the end of every chapter) allow you to immediately find sources of greater substance on very specific subjects. The authors even included brief descriptions of each book, to further narrow your search. I would have to rate it as the best textbook yet, on a difficult subject to introduce in a cohesive manner! I will be reading other texts by these authors - without being assigned to them!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Sardella on August 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In a very real sense this book focused on applied philosophy. It is an answer to those who might feel that all of philosophy is so much academic banter and never filters its way into the actual issues of the day. This book introduces philosophy and shows how it relevant it is. The ideas reflect the time and the culture, and they help to shape its future development. The tools that the philosopher uses-language, logic, reason, intuition, etc.-also shape and are shaped by the culture.

The book is divided into five parts: Methods of Inquiry (dealing with sources, nature and validity of knowledge, commonly known as epistemology, along with science and its relationship to philosophy), Man and His Place in the World (classical questions about the nature of man and the mind, and what is the self, again in terms of the realities of scientific progress; this section also deals with freedom and determinism and shows how our lives and experiences contain elements of each), Types of Philosophy (Naturalism, Idealism, Realism, Pragmatism, Analytic Philosophy and Existentialism/Phenomenology, along with areas in which all of these types agree and disagree), the Realm of Values (questions of values, ethics, morality, aesthetics, and this is where oriental philosophies were introduced), and the Social Scene (civil liberties and the rule of law, individualism and governmental control, and the philosophies of history and education).

The topics brought up in the social scene are so crucial to today's world, where invective between liberals and conservatives is so often slung. There is such a gulf of misunderstanding between people and we are too muddle-minded to work our way through it.
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By Super on May 22, 2014
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Have used the text in class for many years. Students do well when they read/study the text. Each chaptere incourages the reader to think beyond the theories and facts presented. Students who have kept the book reprot that it was every helpful when they took advanced courses in their discipline. Recommend it without hesitation.
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Used for a course at Indiana State University. Let's just say that philosophy is not what I do best. But thankfully I had the correct book!
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