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Reading Philosophy: Selected Texts with a method for Beginners Paperback – 10 Oct 2002

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (10 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631234381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631234388
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Reading Philosophy is an excellent introduction tophilosophy, especially as it is practiced in the analytictradition. I know of no other text which introduces students to thepractice of philosophy as this one does." Roger P. Ebertz, University of Dubuque

"The book is very well done, with an attractive combination ofbreadth and depth. Too often, introductory textbooks arecomprehensive at the cost of serious attention to importantspecifics. This book helps the introductory student get down to thecareful work of doing philosophy." David Sosa, Universityof Texas at Austin

"Reading Philosophy is useful and rewarding, and anatural for the philosophy shelves of any academic or academic'scollection." Reference Reviews, 2003


Reading Philosophy will appeal to both those beginning their study of philosophy at a university and those who want to engage with the subject on their own. Unlike introductory books which tell the reader about the subject, this one requires the reader to do philosophy. Its direct approach makes the book valuable both for students and for other readers. It can be used as the set reading in seminars in introductory courses: each chapter can act as a focal point for extended discussion week by week. But it is also well adapted for self-sufficient use by individuals working without a teacher.The volume provides eighteen examples of high-quality philosophical texts, covering nine philosophical topics: Doubt: Self: Tragedy: Equality: Dilemma: Identity: Freedom: Causality: Qualities. The texts include writings by Descartes, Boyle, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Schopenhauer and J. S. Mill, as well as eight written by philosophers in the late twentieth century. Each chapter contains an introduction to the problem, introductions to the texts and their authors, and interactive commentaries on the texts.

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