Introduction to Philosophy provides an overview of a common range of philosophical topics for a first- or second-year general education philosophy course. It is organized thematically, following the principal categories of academic philosophy (logic, metaphysics, epistemology, theories of value, and history of philosophy). A recurring theme of Introduction to Philosophy is its incorporation of multicultural and global perspectives. Texts, thinkers, and concepts from Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Latin American, Indigenous, and African philosophy are fully integrated into discussions of concepts and topics, broadening the study of philosophy beyond the Western tradition. Another goal of the text is to help students develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.
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Table of Contents
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking, Research, Reading, and Writing
The Early History of Philosophy around the World
The Emergence of Classical Philosophy
Logic and Reasoning
Normative Moral Theory
Contemporary Philosophies and Social Theories