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Engaging Philosophy

A Brief Introduction

Mitchell S. Green

2006 - 176 pp.

Format ISBN Price Qty
Cloth 978-0-87220-797-4
$33.00
Paper 978-0-87220-796-7
$13.00
Examination 978-0-87220-796-7
$1.00

Quick Overview

"Provides a wonderful and unique introduction to philosophy—not just to its central questions and the creative answers (some classic and enduring, some cutting-edge) that philosophers have given, but also to the shared techniques, style, and wonderment that makes philosophy so, well, engaging. The book can clearly be used on its own, or along with a selection of the philosophical texts it discusses. Particularly useful in this regard are the study questions and further reading suggestions that come at the end of each chapter."   
     —Joseph G. Moore, Amherst College

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This brief, elegant book introduces students and general readers to philosophy through core questions and topics—particularly those involving ethics, the existence of God, free will, the relation of mind and body, and what it is to be a person. It also features a chapter on reasoning, both theoretical and practical, that develops an account of both cogent logical reasoning and rational decision-making. Throughout, the emphasis is on initiating newcomers to philosophy through rigorous yet lively consideration of some of the most fundamental questions a thinking person can ask.

 

Reviews:

"Provides a wonderful and unique introduction to philosophy—not just to its central questions and the creative answers (some classic and enduring, some cutting-edge) that philosophers have given, but also to the shared techniques, style, and wonderment that makes philosophy so, well, engaging. The book can clearly be used on its own, or along with a selection of the philosophical texts it discusses. Particularly useful in this regard are the study questions and further reading suggestions that come at the end of each chapter."   
     —Joseph G. Moore, Amherst College

"This lively introduction does not say that philosophical work is not the rote memorization of dry and dusty doctrines. Far better, it shows it, with wonderfully lucid discussions of good and bad reasoning, 'the Greatest Conceivable Being', moral relativism and objectivism, consciousness and the mind, free will, and personal identity. Students, or any readers wanting a stimulating introduction to the field, will see these issues spring to life under Professor Green's able tutelage, and they will learn by example the intellectual virtues of clarity, rigor, and conceptual discernment. Green shows what it is to be alive to philosophical issues, and he shows why—as he memorably puts it—philosophy never sleeps. A brilliant introduction."
     —Garry L. Hagberg, James H. Ottaway Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics, Bard College

 

"Extremely well done. The author has organized his material so that it flows nicely and conveys a sense that philosophical reasoning moves from one point to another, with questions raised, options considered, and so forth. The accounts of the steps along the way are very easy to read, clear as a bell, use traditional texts in a nonthreatening and 'natural' way, and employ nice examples that students will relate to."
     —Michael Morgan, Indiana University

 

About the Author:

Mitchell S. Green is Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Virginia.