"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
From the Back Cover
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.