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Thinking Philosophically: An Introduction to Critical Reflection and Rational Dialogue Hardcover – February 8, 2001

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ISBN-13: 978-0631219347 ISBN-10: 063121934X Edition: 1st

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"The book is written in a clear, lively, and engaging style. The selection of topics is excellent, and the writing is done in such a way as to directly engage the beginning student in thinking about philosophical issues. Creel does an excellent job of relating basic philosophical issues to the concerns of everyday life. All in all, a superb job." William Alston, Syracuse University

"It is clear the book is born of experience in teaching students. Creel addresses objections they are likely to have and engages them right where they are coming from. The book stays focused on 'big issues' in a way that matches up with students' expectations of what a philosophy class should be about." Trenton Merricks, Virginia Commonwealth University

"Thinking Philosophically will make a lively and distinctive addition to the introductory literature. The book will allow teachers and students alike to benefit from Richard Creel's own experience as an undergraduate teacher. Strongly recommended." Aaron Ridley, University of Southampton

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Thinking Philosophically begins by helping the reader acquire a lively sense of what philosophy is, how it began, why it persists, and how it is related to other fields of study, especially science.

Readers are given three methods for thinking about and discussing philosophical problems: The Socratic Method, Running out the Permutations, Rational Dialogue. The remainder of the book explores topics and positions in the three most basic areas of philosophy: Theory of Knowledge, Theory of Value, and Metaphysics. Numerous positions are explained, defended, and then critiqued. Each critique leads to a new position which is given the same threefold treatment. This dialectical process allows the reader to move beyond solitary reflection to fruitful philosophical dialogue with others.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (February 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 063121934X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631219347
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,390,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and reared in Biloxi, Mississippi, on the Gulf Coast. Graduated from Biloxi Highschool in '57, Millsaps College in '61 (B.A.), Yale Divinity School in '65 (M.Div.), and Southern Illinois University in '69 (Ph.D.). Taught philosophy and religion for 30 years at Ithaca College in upstate New York. Served as chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and as president of the New York State Philosophical Association. Published many articles and three books while at Ithaca College: Religion & Doubt (Prentice-Hall), Divine Impassibility (Cambridge University Press), Thinking Philosophically (Blackwell Publishers). After my wife Diane (also an educator) and I retired to Biloxi in 2002, I wrote and published Love of Jesus: The Heart of Christianity (Resource Publications) and co-edited Magnolia Blossoms and Afternoon Tea (short stories with a southern theme).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on April 10, 2013
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I needed it for a philosophy class. It was pretty easy to read and was interesting. He repeated himself a lot... And whenever my friend comes into my room she thinks it's 50 Shades of Grey.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Levi on August 2, 2007
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Among the enormous supply of introductory textbooks on philosophy, I find this one outstanding in its clarity and stringency. I particularly commend the outline of what philosophy is, and the various reasons for philosophizing. This book is not going to make you bristle with eagerness to philosophize, but it will help you know what philosophizing is all about. a pretty good start, i would say.
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