".personal introductory offering which invites the reader to observe her thought processes as she meditates the central questions." Times Literary Supplement, April " Exploring Philosophy is a brave and largely successful attempt to do something new with the tradition of philosophy introductions. If my first year students had to read just one book all year, this is the one I would recommend." Ross Cogan, University of Bristol " If my first year students had to read just one book all year, this is the one I would recommend". Ross Cogan, Teaching Assistant ( Cogito:Summer 1995) ".engaging, accessible, and up–to date introductory volume....The extensive reading guides at the end of each chapter are excellent... However, Almond′s book has the clear benefit of focusing on issues as they are currently viewed by leading philosophers, among them Davidson, Derrida, Putnam, Quine, and Rorty. Suitable for general readers and the lower–division undergraduates." Choice "This engaging, accessible, and up–to–date introductory volume.The extensive reading guides at the end of each chapter are excellent. Almond′s book has the clear benefit of focusing on issues as they are currently viewed by leading philosophers, among them Davidson, Derrida, Putnam, Quine and Rorty" Choice "Brenda Amond is to be thanked by any newcomer to philosophy, and by any teacher... It makes philosophy interesting, do–able, but without false promises – or false disapoointments. " Richard Ashcroft, University of Liverpool, Society for Applied Philosophy, 1996
From the Back Cover
In this new, revised and expanded edition of her classic introduction, The Philosophical Quest, Brenda Almond takes the reader on a progressive exploration through the main areas of contemporary philosophy. Starting with the examples of Socrates and Descartes, Almond looks at the kind of questions philosophers ask of themselves –– What do I know? What ought I to do? –– and the questions they ask about the external world. Throughout she draws on, develops, and assesses the key ideas of major thinkers such as Plato, Berkeley, Kant, Spinoza, Mill, Russell, Wittgenstein, as well as the most significant voices of today, including Quine, Rorty, and Putnam. Topics covered include ethics, politics, logic, philosophy of science, language and meaning, philosophy of mind and the self, metaphysics, reality, and truth. However, the emphasis is distinctively `applied′ and topics such as abortion, toleration, and environment are among those covered. The result is an ideal introduction to all the central topics in philosophy, complete with full explanatory Notes and a separate reading list for each chapter.