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Puzzled?!

Puzzled?!

An Introduction to Philosophizing

Richard Kenneth Atkins

March 2015 - 256 pp.

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Cloth 978-1-62466-366-6
$45.00
Paper 978-1-62466-365-9
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"A great, logical, introduction to the areas of philosophy. A student who is just starting in the path to 'philosophizing' will greatly appreciate this gem of a book."
      —Alberto Mendoza, Antelope Valley College

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Puzzled?! seamlessly fuses two traditional approaches to the study of philosophy at the introductory level. It is thematic, examining fundamental issues in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and more. It is also historical, introducing major philosophical arguments that have arisen throughout the history of Western philosophy. But its real innovation lies elsewhere.

Each of its twelve chapters begins with a traditional argument of a thoroughly puzzling kind: a valid philosophical argument with highly plausible premises but a surprising conclusion. The remainder of the chapter shows how major innovations in the history of philosophy arise as logical responses to that argument.

Written with a light touch, Puzzled?! nevertheless offers a rigorous introduction to the ideas it explores and to the foundations of critical thinking itself. It will serve as effectively as a main or supplementary text in an introduction to critical thinking as it will in Philosophy 101.

 

Reviews:

"A great, logical, introduction to the areas of philosophy. A student who is just starting in the path to 'philosophizing' will greatly appreciate this gem of a book."
      —Alberto Mendoza, Antelope Valley College

 

Contents:

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction

Ancient Philosophy
The Flux
The Learner's Paradox
The Liar Paradox

Medieval Philosophy
The Problem of Evil
The Ontological Argument
Science and Religion

Modern Philosophy
Cartesian Doubt
Psychological Egoism
Free Will and Determinism

Contemporary Philosophy
Perception and Justification
Selfhood and Computers
Curry's Paradox

 

About the Author:

 Richard Kenneth Atkins is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Boston College.

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