"Philosophy Then and Now
is a tasty blend of classic and contemporary philosophical essays on basic problems in philosophy. Each entree is preceded by a scrumptious appetizer: a substantial new essay to whet the students' philosophical palates." Hugh LaFollette, East Tennessee State University
"Distinguished and gifted members of the Philosophy Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have put together a splendid introductory text. Not only are the best and most absorbing writings of the western tradition on philosophy aptly chosen, but the substantial introductions by each of these collegues broach the issues deftly and carry the discussion to the frontier of the subject. The result is more than an effective teaching tool, it is a distinctive approach to out philosophical tradition." Alex Rosenberg, University of Georgia
"This is an outstanding new introductory philosophy text. Students will be drawn into the ongoing philosophical conversations and the historical material will give them much to talk about. Helpful discussion questions and suggestions for further reading are provided and the book is suitable for variety of introductory courses." Hugh Wilder, College of Charleston
From the Back Cover
Philosophy Then and Now
provides an innovative and engaging blend of introductory text with classic and contemporary readings. Each of the eight parts begins with an introductory section on the major ideas associated with a seminal figure from the history of philosophy. This is followed by key selections from the essential writings of that philosopher, as well as influential selections from contemporary figures. Key figures covered include: Socrates, Aquinas, Locke, Descartes, Mill, Nietzsche, Marx, and Sartre.
By focusing on the core themes, issues and problems of philosophy, the volume motivates student interest in the subject, and represents a distinctive text for all introductory courses in philosophy.