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Philosophy for A New Generation (4th Edition) Paperback – Facsimile, December 11, 1980

ISBN-13: 978-0023096402 ISBN-10: 0023096403 Edition: 4th

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (December 11, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0023096403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0023096402
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This was the first survey book on philosophy I ever read, some 25 year ago now, and it still remains a fresh and lively text each time I pick it up. Compiled by A.K. Bierman and James A. Gould, this third edition of the text, 'Philosophy for a New Generation', was designed to be able to be the sole text for a basic undergraduate introduction to philosophy class. It covers all of the major areas of philosophy (with the exception of logic), and does so in an interesting and thoughtful manner.
Rather than putting forth unified essays and articles on each topic, the editors Bierman and Gould have compiled a selection of essays an excerpts from other philosophers old and current to highlight the particular issues at hand. For example, in the chapter on Morality: Old and New, the editors select a passage from Kant on the Categorial Imperative, another piece by Bentham on Utility, Pleasure and the Good, and more modern writers such as Carl Wellman and Jonathan Bennett, who look at issues such as cultural relativity, and the moral sense contained in literature such as Huckleberry Finn.
The editors also use the general organisation of the text to highlight both traditional philosophical principles and modern day concerns, with chapters such as 'The Moral Use of Technology' and 'The Arts and Mass Culture'. Here current-day topics of concern such as ecology and privacy are dealt with in interesting fashion.
The topics go on to include Epistemology (Human Knowledge), Crime and Punishment, Freedom and Liberation, Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion.
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