Overall, What is Philosophy? is a clear, useful, and welcoming introduction to philosophy. Sinclair s love and admiration for the discipline and the potential of philosophy to benefit the world are obvious. To the degree that feelings of the author influence readers, the future of philosophy may be the resolution of entrenched philosophical arguments and the emergence of the discipline as a direct public benefactor. --Teaching Philosophy
What Is Philosophy? An Introduction, is a serious-minded yet accessible text for readers of all backgrounds, about the origins and history of the mental discipline of philosophy, from the early Greek and classical Greek era to medieval times to the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Further chapters explore the core and peripheral subjects discussed by philosophy, twentieth-century philosophical movements, and well-known philosophical problems revolving about such fundamental issues as free will, time, truth, facts and values, personal identity, and more. A thoughtful, exhaustively researched, and well-grounded primer, What Is Philosophy? An Introduction lives up to its title - a more difficult task than one might first guess, considering the complexities of the subject. Highly recommended, especially for public and college libraries, and as a textbook for Philosophy 101 courses. --Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)
About the Author
Dr. Alistair J. Sinclair is an independent philosopher living in Glasgow. For many years, he taught philosophy courses for adult learners in the University of Strathclyde Continuing Education programme.