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Philosophy for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Reader 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195147926
ISBN-10: 0195147928
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"A wonderful selection that lives up to its name!"--David Clippinger, Penn State University

"Excellent blend of classic texts and contemporary views and authors. An important update for introductory texts that incorporates the most challenging and interesting work of the last quarter century."--Dan O'Bryan, Sierra Nevada College

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Steven M. Cahn is one of America's most distinguished teachers of philosophy. He has authored or edited more than forty books as well as numerous articles, most in the fields of metaphysics, philosophy of religion, ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of education. Among his works are FATE, LOGIC, AND TIME; SAINTS AND SCAMPS: ETHICS IN ACADEMIA, 25th Anniversary Edition; FROM STUDENT TO SCHOLAR; A CANDID GUIDE TO BECOMING A PROFESSOR; PUZZLES & PERPLEXITIES: COLLECTED ESSAYS, Second Edition; EXPLORING ETHICS, Second Edition (ED.); POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY; THE ESSENTIAL TEXTS, Second Edition (ED.); THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION DEBATE, Second Edition (ED.); EXPLORING PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (ED.); and CLASSICS OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY, Seventh Edition.

Samuel W. Bloom is Professor of Sociology and Community Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.


Steven M. Cahn is one of America's most distinguished teachers of philosophy. He has authored or edited more than forty books as well as numerous articles, most in the fields of metaphysics, philosophy of religion, ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of education. Among his works are FATE, LOGIC, AND TIME; SAINTS AND SCAMPS: ETHICS IN ACADEMIA, 25th Anniversary Edition; FROM STUDENT TO SCHOLAR; A CANDID GUIDE TO BECOMING A PROFESSOR; PUZZLES & PERPLEXITIES: COLLECTED ESSAYS, Second Edition; EXPLORING ETHICS, Second Edition (ED.); POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY; THE ESSENTIAL TEXTS, Second Edition (ED.); THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION DEBATE, Second Edition (ED.); EXPLORING PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION (ED.); and CLASSICS OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY, Seventh Edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195147928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195147926
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book for a college class a few years back, but I still turn to it for every philosophical question I have. Steven Cahn is an excellent writer, and the way he introduces hard concepts is phenomenal. I had no experience in philosophical studies prior to purchasing this book, but after reading a few chapters, I decided that this was an academic field that I wanted to explore.

The layout of Cahn's book is great for all readers. It's simple to find writing by individual authors, and the explanations of these writings are always a great read. This book is great for anyone that wants to learn more about philosophy and the great thinkers of our time.
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Book came quickly and in good shape. I was really not looking forward to reading it, as I had to for a class, but it was actually very enjoyable. It was rather thought provoking and not even particularly boring. I like how it includes a range of ideas on each topic. I will actually keep this for myself even though the class is over.
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By Mark McCants on September 21, 2013
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This book provides many different pieces from different philosphers and provides many different theories and ideologies to consider. it was interesting.
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